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Sorry if this is a dumb question or if it's been covered before.

 

For some background, I've been deep into vintage clubs for about a year now. I've got 5 or so complete bags of 60s-80s era blades and persimmons, but I'm wanting to dip my toe into the hickory side of the game and build a 6 club set.

 

I built my vintage bags by shopping around at various goodwills in my area. While it sometimes takes a few different visits I can typically find something cool with regularity.

 

In all my time visiting goodwills I've seen maybe 2 hickory clubs ever. Are there other types of shops that I'd have better luck hunting at, like antique shops? Or flea markets?

 

I've looked at ebay, but I'm wary of buying hickories on there due to the possibility of cracked shafts and loose heads I can't properly see in the photos. I've got a mashie on it's way from Ebay as a test, but I'd rather not gamble on the rest of the bag the same way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Where did you find your 60s-era clubs other than eBay?
Goodwill. I've scored a set of Mac FC4000s, 2-11 + Penna Wedge, various 8802 style putters, and probably 2 dozen 60s era persimmons.

 

But the hickory stuff is just non existant at the goodwills I frequent.

Hickory stuff is hard to find at Goodwills and even antique stores. I think it is due to the fact that a lot of people use them for decor in man caves and like sports bars. Antique stores price them high for these reasons. Every now and then I will find one on the yard but most of those have warped shafts or are not Hickory but pyratone. I will grab them though and do research on them. If I ever do find a matched set ( which I doubt) on the yard I may ship them off to Mr Moore to be reshafted and gripped properly. I remember a few years back someone told me there was a set of " wood shafted old golf clubs" In a store called Pickers up the road from me. The owner thought they were but when I saw them I knew they were not. They were Pyratone. The owner wanted to argue with me until I produced a magnet and showed him. He got ticked off at me. I do not know if he was an outright thief or honestly did not know. But when hickory hunting if you do not know exactly what you are looking at carry a magnet. Another thing Mr Moore educated me on here was the Callaway Hickory sticks. They are not really hickory and are not legal for SOHG events due to the fact the shafts have a steel core. I got 99% of my limited hickory education right here

Driver--- Honma G1-X Stock Regular shaft

3W Callaway Steel Head UST 65 Pro Force Gold Stiff

2I-- 1980 Macgregor VIP Nike R steel shaft

Irons 4 thru PW 1980 Mac Vip Hogan Apex #2 shafts

SW Cleveland 588 56* S- 400 Sensicore

Putter Old Rusty Santa Fe Bulls Eye fluted shaft

Bag Old Ping Hoofer I had in my stash

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You can also find hickory clubs at the 'club swaps" which are typically held in conjunction with hickory golf tournaments. You can check out Society of Hickory Golfers (hickory golfers.com) as well as the Golf Heritage Society (golfcollectors.com). Not sure where you live but there are events throughout the United States as well as overseas. I have 3 sets of hickories and I picked up these clubs between club swaps and working with reputable dealers on Ebay like @stixnstuff.

 

Good hunting!!

Just an older guy with 7 or 8 clubs and a MacKenzie Sunday Walker bag

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All good suggestions so far. Depends on what you're after, I assume you're wanting to play (or occasionally play) these hickories? Playable hickory takes some research and some time. You want club heads that are heavy enough to stand up to the rigors of modern play, and you will need to ensure the clubs have been properly prepped (epoxy, pin, new grips, etc). Lots of good information here regarding those points, and you'll find a ton of information on the Society of Hickory Golfers website (www.hickorygolfers.com). I build playable hickory sets to encourage folks to get involved, and would happy to help you out. Shoot me a PM for details or if you want more info regarding what makers to look for, what is likely to be playable, what is collectible, etc.

  • Various Brassies depending on mood: Scottish and UK made
  • Tom Stewart: Mongrel, Jigger, Mashie, Mashie Niblick, Niblick
  • Putters:  Tom Stewart blade or Gem, but lately Spalding Hollow Back
  • [url="http://norcalhickory.com"]NorCal Hickory[/url] - [url="http://pacifichickory.com"]Pacific Hickory[/url] - [url="https://www.instagram.com/stymiemagnet/"]StymieMagnet[/url] (100% hickory golf photos on Instagram)
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If you live in the Pacific NW, there is a classic golf show every year at Riverside CC. Lots of nice hickory gear for sale from a bunch of seller. I put together my hodgepodge hickory bag from 4 sellers at the show.

Old stuff:
1962 Tommy Armour AT2W Driver   1953 Macgregor M65W EOM 3 wood   1978 H&B PowerBilt Citation 4 wood
1984 Ben Hogan Apex PC 2-E   1968 Wilson Dual Wedge
1964 Acushnet O-SET M6S Bullseye Putter
New stuff
Cobra ZL 10.5 driver   Adams 5050 16 fairway wood   Adams A2P 20* hybrid
Titleist 716 MB irons 4-PW    Callaway Mack Daddy wedges 52, 56, 60
Scotty Cameron Pro Platinum Napa

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Just because an old hickory club isn't perfect - you can always take the time to learn how to make a club playable, and it isn't really all that hard.

 

And, what you take away from the experience is almost as good as playing those old wooden clubs themselves!

 

Good luck, and hope you find what you're looking for!

 

Golfwrxer deetsal. He set me up with a nice short set almost a year ago. ;) Easy to deal with.

 

I'm now 100% hickory.

 

You keep going back in time with your equipment, and soon, you'll be swatting sheep dung with broken off branches, into gopher holes!

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You can also find hickory clubs at the 'club swaps" which are typically held in conjunction with hickory golf tournaments. You can check out Society of Hickory Golfers (hickory golfers.com) as well as the Golf Heritage Society (golfcollectors.com). Not sure where you live but there are events throughout the United States as well as overseas. I have 3 sets of hickories and I picked up these clubs between club swaps and working with reputable dealers on Ebay like @stixnstuff.

 

Good hunting!!

Thanks if that was for me. I live down on the coast 8 miles South of Myrtle Beach. Old School Rocker ( Randy) lives about 75 miles south of me. I met one other guy from down Randy's way that plays a combination of hickory and steel persimmon. When I do the full plunge I will get Randy to help me because he is pretty knowledgeable on the Hickory end. But somehow I gotta clean house I have so much stuff before I branch out

Driver--- Honma G1-X Stock Regular shaft

3W Callaway Steel Head UST 65 Pro Force Gold Stiff

2I-- 1980 Macgregor VIP Nike R steel shaft

Irons 4 thru PW 1980 Mac Vip Hogan Apex #2 shafts

SW Cleveland 588 56* S- 400 Sensicore

Putter Old Rusty Santa Fe Bulls Eye fluted shaft

Bag Old Ping Hoofer I had in my stash

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www.golfforallages.com

 

Chuck Furjanic has run this site for decades.

 

He also sells on eBay - depends on what you want, cheap “finds”, or rare items to fill out a collection.

 

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Mizuno GT180 10.5*/Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 5 X
Tour Edge Exotics CB F2 PRO 15.5* Limited/Speeder 757 EVO 7.1X (Gene Sauers club)
Titleist 915 18*/Fubuki K 80X
Titleist 913 Hybrid 21*/Tour Blue 105X (Matt Jones' club) (OR) TM Burner 4-iron/Aldila RIP 115 Tour S
Wilson Staff V4 5 and 6/Aerotech Fibersteel 110 S
MacGregor PRO M 7-PM/Aldila RIP 115 Tour S
Edel 50*/KBS 610 S
Scratch JMO Grind Don White 56*/DG X-100
Cobra Trusty Rusty Tour 64*/DG S-200
The Cure CX2 putter

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You can also find hickory clubs at the 'club swaps" which are typically held in conjunction with hickory golf tournaments. You can check out Society of Hickory Golfers (hickory golfers.com) as well as the Golf Heritage Society (golfcollectors.com). Not sure where you live but there are events throughout the United States as well as overseas. I have 3 sets of hickories and I picked up these clubs between club swaps and working with reputable dealers on Ebay like @stixnstuff.

 

Good hunting!!

Thanks if that was for me. I live down on the coast 8 miles South of Myrtle Beach. Old School Rocker ( Randy) lives about 75 miles south of me. I met one other guy from down Randy's way that plays a combination of hickory and steel persimmon. When I do the full plunge I will get Randy to help me because he is pretty knowledgeable on the Hickory end. But somehow I gotta clean house I have so much stuff before I branch out

 

Just what you need - another part of golf equipment to collect!

 

Altho, with hickory, I doubt that you'll be able to get quite the same "pricing" as you get now!

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You can also find hickory clubs at the 'club swaps" which are typically held in conjunction with hickory golf tournaments. You can check out Society of Hickory Golfers (hickory golfers.com) as well as the Golf Heritage Society (golfcollectors.com). Not sure where you live but there are events throughout the United States as well as overseas. I have 3 sets of hickories and I picked up these clubs between club swaps and working with reputable dealers on Ebay like @stixnstuff.

 

Good hunting!!

Thanks if that was for me. I live down on the coast 8 miles South of Myrtle Beach. Old School Rocker ( Randy) lives about 75 miles south of me. I met one other guy from down Randy's way that plays a combination of hickory and steel persimmon. When I do the full plunge I will get Randy to help me because he is pretty knowledgeable on the Hickory end. But somehow I gotta clean house I have so much stuff before I branch out

 

Just what you need - another part of golf equipment to collect!

 

Altho, with hickory, I doubt that you'll be able to get quite the same "pricing" as you get now!

Yeah I know on the pricing-- I guess I need to thin the herd to raise funds for a Hickory purchase---- And no the Pings are not for sale--- yet--- And yes that is really what I need another avenue of equipment to hoard uggh collect.

Driver--- Honma G1-X Stock Regular shaft

3W Callaway Steel Head UST 65 Pro Force Gold Stiff

2I-- 1980 Macgregor VIP Nike R steel shaft

Irons 4 thru PW 1980 Mac Vip Hogan Apex #2 shafts

SW Cleveland 588 56* S- 400 Sensicore

Putter Old Rusty Santa Fe Bulls Eye fluted shaft

Bag Old Ping Hoofer I had in my stash

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I have been very busy with refurbish projects for coustomers, and have kind of dropped out of the loop for a while . I have also had to expand my operation so I have moved it into a bigger space, has taken me over a month. I also set up a website and listed a small fraction of my inventory. Feel free to ask as I have around 800 hickory clubs and 300 or so pyratone. Website is affordablehickorygolf.com. Priced are negotiable. I have a backlog of a few weeks at this point but will be taking new orders finally.

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Curious about sand blasting the face of hickory shafted clubs. I assume this type of treatment could have been applied during the time of original manufacturing, and simply worn off over nearly a century of use. However, I've never come across an original example of this kind of face treatment. Just wondering why you're adding adding that and if there's any historical significance?

  • Various Brassies depending on mood: Scottish and UK made
  • Tom Stewart: Mongrel, Jigger, Mashie, Mashie Niblick, Niblick
  • Putters:  Tom Stewart blade or Gem, but lately Spalding Hollow Back
  • [url="http://norcalhickory.com"]NorCal Hickory[/url] - [url="http://pacifichickory.com"]Pacific Hickory[/url] - [url="https://www.instagram.com/stymiemagnet/"]StymieMagnet[/url] (100% hickory golf photos on Instagram)
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Curious about sand blasting the face of hickory shafted clubs. I assume this type of treatment could have been applied during the time of original manufacturing, and simply worn off over nearly a century of use. However, I've never come across an original example of this kind of face treatment. Just wondering why you're adding adding that and if there's any historical significance?

I do know that sand blasting was invented around 1880 so it was around. Not sure if manufactures did it to their iron heads. I do it, to the consternation of some, as it removes any imperfections from the hitting areas. It also provides some spin as more often than not the groves are worn down.
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The closest thing to sand blasting is what you see that was done more vertically with coarse Emory paper. We all have see the “deep groove” variations made by many companies. The many different face treatments of lines, dots and combination thereof but Gibson had a patented face treatment that was pretty effective called Ruffex

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This going to sound strange,but I have my best luck at an auto parts swap meet

Theses are some of the clubs I got last weekend

This is the second time that I have gone and come with hickory’s

Hendry &Bishop giant Niblick

Golf ball dot face

Smooth faceForgan &son Mashie

Tom steward niplick

Calamity Jane putter

1918 Rules of golf pocket book

Fairway golf ball

 

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Helluva score right there! And bonus on the Tom Stewart (A.C.S) with serpent stamp...used only from 1893-1904.

  • Various Brassies depending on mood: Scottish and UK made
  • Tom Stewart: Mongrel, Jigger, Mashie, Mashie Niblick, Niblick
  • Putters:  Tom Stewart blade or Gem, but lately Spalding Hollow Back
  • [url="http://norcalhickory.com"]NorCal Hickory[/url] - [url="http://pacifichickory.com"]Pacific Hickory[/url] - [url="https://www.instagram.com/stymiemagnet/"]StymieMagnet[/url] (100% hickory golf photos on Instagram)
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