My love of golf expanded last year. As you may know, I bought some hickory shafted golf clubs. I am about three weeks away from pulling them out of storage and I am excited! In the meantime, I thought I would share some other golfers having fun hitting vintage clubs.
I wish I was there with them, but my turn on my own course is coming. What do you think? Does it look like fun?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
4 thoughts on “Watching The Pros Hit Hickory Shaft Golf Clubs”
I decided to try hickory golf six years ago. My friend Gerald invited me I decided to take him up on the opportunity and the rest is history. I now play more rounds with hickory shafted clubs than modern.
To really get a feel for vintage golf, hitting one or two shots is not a fair evaluation. It takes a couple holes to get comfortable with the equipment differences. The same applies to anything new in modern gear. I now introduce a lot of new players to vintage play and the majority have a positive experience.
The allure for me was two fold. First, I wanted to experience what golf was like in the early years as many of the courses I liked most were steeped in history. The second reason was my belief that golf equipment marketing was getting way out of hand and more sizzle than steak.
When I started playing vintage, I expected my scores were going to rise as these clubs were supposed to be outdated and impossible to hit. To put it bluntly, I was wrong. In my first hickory round, I broke 90 easily and decided that I wanted more. The feel of these clubs is amazing and there is great satisfaction as you are not depending on technology, it is all you. I find vintage clubs promote smooth tempo and better course management. To my surprise, my game improved regardless of the era.
The most important thing for me is that I am enjoying myself. The camaraderie is awesome. On the scoring front, my scores are virtually identical to my modern game. I also have a hole in one with hickory and have witnessed two others.
I would encourage anyone to give it a decent try, you will be surprised. And if you get hooked like I am, you can get a great play set for less than the cost of a modern driver.
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Amen to that Lorne! I am starting my vintage journey and so far I am not disappointed.
I found it fun to hit one every once in awhile, but I really have no desire to play a round with them. Feel the same way about some of the blades my buddies have carried in their bags. A shot or two is fun, more than that and I’m sure it would more struggle than I care to take on. lol It was for most of them, and I mean, I’m carrying a 6 hybrid. Now that’s what I call a truly fun club to hit.
Had a chance to take the win outright tonight but failed to get up and down to save the skin on the last hole after I missed the green just long and a bit left. I hit a lob shot from the cart path to try and get close. Hit it well too. Just didn’t get the aim right and with that and the spin I had on it, I ended up with a putt I just wasn’t able to make. But I gave it a decent try. The cart path lob shot is one I like hitting. That 60 of mine seems almost purpose built for the job. And there was a light layer of sand under the ball. Just enough. I’m sure the club has a few more battle scars on it after that, but what a fun way to finish a round. Especially so when you pull it off. lol
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Sounds like you are having a great time with your game. Keep it up because having fun is the main point.