after the last time I played them and the horrible control I had with them off of the tee I think they'll stay in storage for a bit while longer.
I think I've played golf with steel shafted clubs once in the last 2yrs (and I play 2-3 days a week). I'm 100% hickory play now and love it. Golf is far more enjoyable, I find I'm playing for satisfaction and fun as opposed to grinding out a score. This doesn't mean I'm not competitive, I hate to lose and I do like shooting my best, but something about hickory is far more rewarding. I carry 8-9 clubs, sometimes less, which promotes creativity and shot making as opposed to a bag of 14 full swings. I don't find myself too limited on distance, driver is the main difference, but I generally play white tees with little issue. I love the interest, the curiosity, and downright astonishment of my playing partners. It's a hoot.
I’ve been looking at hickories on eBay as I’d really like to get into it. I’m up near Napa and maybe we can get a round together once I get some.
Around the turn of this Century I played exclusively with hickories for a 2 year period just to see what could be done and to confound the naysayers. The set was nothing special, Donaldson (Glasgow)Rangefinder irons and assorted woods (I think one was a bun shaped driver, about 6 degrees loft by Ralph Smith, it was pretty good but not classic or collectable)
Result: I reduced my playing handicap from 8 to 7. My best score was 73 in Sweden and 76 round my home course in comp. off the tips , 6500 yards. (meadow land, not much run).
Outcome, people just got blase about it, 'Oh, it's just Chris, he's a bit weird', never showed any interest in having a go. Sad, really, but that's Cumbria and Yorkshire for you.
Is eBay the best place to look for clubs? Being a newbie, Iâ€™m not sure what to look for in terms of fitness for play. The Louisville golf site has a beautiful starter set but $900 is a steep entry price for me.