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Any hickory shaft golfers out there?


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I have a "play set" of hickorys. The irons are a "H&S; Grand Slam" set with miscellaneous woods All ebay purchases. Not expensive by any means. But great change of pace. I play up one tee box. This gives me a new view of the golf course.

I have made some modification to the original clubs. I purchased a sheet of calf hide. Re gripped the clubs with the leather strips with the rough side out. Amazing feel. Also have put in lead inserts on the woods. I melted and poured my own lead. Kinda felt like Mel Gibson in "The Patriot" when he was forming his musket balls. The lead was to raise the swing weight of the woods up from C0 to a D. I could not feel the golf club head at the top of the swing.

Titliest Pro V1 are the golf balls of choice for me. Not true hickory golf but gosh those Gutta and balata balls are expensive and easy to cut.

Four take aways from the Hickory experience

Rhythm is important. The wood shafts are not forgiving.

Lower trajectory shots with run out are expected.

Forget backspin.

The sand bunker will get your attention. Your can shave with the club's bounce / leading edge.

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The old Triple A Golf Club of St. Louis (in Forest Park) used to have an annual Hickory Shaft tournament in late summer. Players would use clubs from early 1900s and wear period attire.

Then Triple A got completely rebuilt and reopened in 2010 as the Highlands Golf Club. Many of the holes - especially with the bunkers - have an early 1900s look.

But, there's no recent info about the Hickory Shaft tournament continuing.

In the early 2000s, several small, single-owner golf shops carried hickory shafted clubs, both originals and replica. But, these shops all started closing about 2005, and with them went the main St. Louis source of hickory-shaft clubs.

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I have a club that is in a frame. It is a wedge of a historical interest. I would be interested in playing a knock off of it, and admit to hitting it one time in my yard. It has no bounce and a 22° bevel edge. Swingweight F. I would be interested in experiencing the older game in 'Bama, or following up on the club. I understand before the Great Recession, that the club sold at auction for 1200 or so.

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