Recently, on a lark, I asked the question about the oldest club in your bag. I thought that most players would have equipment, like myself, that is 5 or 6 years old and that they change the sticks out regularly. Boy was I wrong! As it turns out, over half the golfers keep at least one club for a very long time. I bet you cannot guess which club they keep the longest!
First, I was impressed with the number of respondents. It is my largest poll to date, so thanks everyone. Second, 55% of the golfers said they had at least one club that was 10+ years old. I would not have thought that number would be so high. I figured category B would be the clear winner, but I guess not.
Of the many responses I received with respect to which club, the putter was the clear winner. I even asked this question to my wife (who listens to my golf rambles daily) and she immediately said that the putter was the club most golfers would keep the longest. Looking back, that is the obvious answer.
The reason I should know this is because I just retired my putter after 25 years of use. It is the club that most golfers treasure the most because once we find one that works, we protect it until the very end. The oldest club was submitted by Alistar, 40+ years to have a club is an amazing thing.
Having said all this, I still have my father and mothers Ping Eye 2 Red Dot clubs. I keep them as spares for visitors. They are 40+ years old and are as good as the day my father bought them. I even have the persimmon woods; but I do not use these any more.
Hitting the links with older/vintage clubs is nothing new. It is something that most golfers do and do so proudly. The bottom line, if it works why change a good thing.
How long have you used your oldest club?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!