Hickory Golf has started to make its way back onto the scene and into the 21st century. The sport of yesteryear has played a major role in the growth of golf today.
Well, Classic Golf, a shop in Omaha sells some of the most unique, original and beautiful hickories and persimmons you’ll ever see. I was fortunate enough to check out a few of their classic hickory irons.
I always understand the importance of a great grip and these hickories have some of the most unique grips around. They feel great too might I add.
They much longer grips then you’d see on today’s clubs and makes the club look a lot shorter than it is. It’s a unique leather grip that reminds us exactly what the legends used back in the day.
It’s a very skinny grip too because it’s “shaft tight” or like a girl who wears tight pants, “skin tight”. This gives you the unique opportunity to improve the way you grip a golf club.
I say this because I believe working with a skinny, tight grip can improve the way you grip today’s slightly wider grips. These grips are excellent too, feels really good in the hands.
This also gives the chance to either take a swing with the popular Vardon style of grip or take a shot with the grip the legends used for years with this clubs, the ten finger baseball grip. Yup, the same way you’d probably grip any other stick.
That’s one of the fun things if you’re a typical Vardon gripper. You can try something different which was a primary for these clubs.
Now let’s get to the shafts, where the roots of these clubs come to life. One thing I heard, is that hitting a hickory is one of the best feelings in the world.
Well, they were right. And the shafts are beautiful.
All you feel is nothing but pure wood after you hit a solid shot and slide the club down your hand. It’s such an awesome feeling and the sound is great when the ball comes off the hickory’s sweet medal club face.
The clubs are fragile however but to me, this adds to the strategic style that the hickory game brings. You know the ball won’t go as far and you know you can’t swing as fast as you normally would (No 100+ mph swings for you Mr/Ms!) so it makes you think more on each shot.
It adds to what makes the sport of golf so beautiful. The strategic aspect is a work of art in motion.
Now, if you hit some softer golf balls then you might be able to swing the club a little harder. But with hickories, it’s best to focus more on pure control and accuracy rather than power and speed.
That’s what these clubs are perfect for is the control players out there. The ones who want to make to smart play and lay up in the fairway and shoot for the flag stick on the approach shot.
These beauties will make you view a golf course differently. They’ll make you a better golfer in my opinion because we always focus so much on “going for it” instead of making the proper strategic play to outsmart the layout and/or your opponent.
Sure, it may not be as “cool” or “heroic” as shooting for the green on a short par-4 but sometimes, laying up and making the smart play tells yourself that you still have a working brain. That’s what these clubs make you do.
Speaking of golf course strategy with the hickories, the guys at Classic Golf will also be building a golf course that’s designed specifically for hickories. The proposed golf course based in Omaha will feature a shop with all old school golf gear as well as other neat things such as a caddy program.
It will be an 18 hole design and should really apply the strategic elements that make hickory golf so wonderful. I had a chance to view the drawn out layout of the course and it looks spectacular.
So I highly recommend that you visit ClassicGolfMidtown.com and shoot them an email or give them a call if you want some classic hickories for either play or display. If you live in Omaha then you can just stop on in and once the course is completed, you can test your hickory skills and strategic abilities on the awesome new layout.
You’re going to definitely travel back in time with these clubs so you can really see how golf’s roots came about! Throw on some knickers, heighten your socks and get ready to tee off!
Next thing ya know, you’ll be looking like my man, Chicago golf legend, Chick Evans!
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Hickory golf has made an impressive restoration into the 21st century and has been a hit with a lot of new school golfers. Sandy Lyle won the World Hickory Golf Open in 2014 and he absolutely loves the hickory game.
Well, hickory clubs go great with certain kinds of golf balls and Mcintyre recreates the classic balls of old to perfection. I had a chance to try these pieces of history for myself.
They are gorgeous golf balls and are perfect for either play or display. They give you a great look of what the original designs of golf balls were back in the day.
I had a chance to check out the “RTJ” which is a ball that based from 1905 to 1935. These are one of the first dimpled golf balls only the dimples are much smaller than today’s balls.
I also had the opportunity of trying out the “Victor” which is based off of a more classic ball design. You’ll notice this when you see the picture above that the ball kinda has the design of a ball of yarn as if the ball is wrapped all around with a bunch of rope.
David Brown, who does a great job of running Mcintyre, was nice enough to send me a customized version of the “Victor” which has the Chicago District Golf Association logo on it. You can get them customized on the website which I’ll share momentarily.
Customized Mcintyres make terrific gifts for the golfers in your life, including yourself.
One thing I learned is that the best to see how a golf ball plays is around the greens which is exactly what I did with these beauties. I started hitting my usual pitch, chip and flop shots.
I didn’t have any hickories so I used my modern clubs to see how well these balls of the past, played with the clubs of the present. It was a fun and unique experience hitting these kinds of golf balls.
While hitting some pitch shots, I noticed that that balls rolled on the greens with a little more speed. When you thought the ball should stop rolling, they don’t and stop when they wanna stop.
Not saying that they don’t land in great spots but they make you change your strategy a little more. It adds to the uniqueness and beauty of these balls. They make you think more.
That’s what makes these balls so awesome is that they challenge your mind, especially with modern equipment. This is because you have to adjust from the balls you use in today’s game to what the legends of the game used back in the day.
You have to know how hard or how soft you should hit it, especially from the rough. Most golf balls today you could probably put less effort into it and the ball won’t roll as far.
With these classics, the ball will pretty much roll wherever, judging by your swing tempo. They feel terrific off of the clubface however.
These balls handled modern clubs better than I thought they would and are definitely playable with them. I then pulled out the flatstick to test the ball on the putting surface.
The ball feels great off the putter face and is a lot of fun to putt with. The way they roll on the green is a lot different from today’s balls. You don’t really have to hit as hard as it’ll roll a bit for you due to its adjusting to the face of the modern putter.
Making a putt with these balls is a lot of fun and are excellent practice to improve your skills on the greens. As mentioned, these babies make you strategize more and use your functioning brain sells to help you execute the perfect shot and sink that amazing putt.
It truly brings the roots of this legendary sport to the 21st century and hitting them makes you feel like a legend is right beside you. Old Tom Morris is probably standing there as you’re lining up your putt!
If you want to get these fantastic pieces of golf history for either play or just for display, then visit McintyreGolf.com!
And if you have hickory clubs, then these are definitely the perfect balls for you. All you need to do is rock some knickers and grow a beard and you’re on your way!
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