I have heard of hickory shafted clubs most of my golfing life, but like most
golfer's today have given them little thought. I assumed they were more difficult
to play, not as long etc, but other than that....well ho hum. Then I read this
little piece from Walter Hagen's Autobiography and well, let's just say my
perspective changed a bit.
" I took the two-iron from my bag and was
pressing the hickory shaft this way and that with my knee to straighten
was a habit of golfers in those days, for hickory shafts were a bit pliable and
often bent out of shape from being carried in our bags. Well as I pressed the
club I heard the hickory shaft click. I could not risk putting in a new shaft
since the Championship (1925 US Open at Worcester) started the next day
and a new shaft required a certain amount of practice before I dared trust
In this day and age of on site fully equipped club making vans, with their
computer generated specifications and instant custom club fitting, Walter
Hagen's blight seems almost incomprehensible.