Well, how do you distinguish an antique golf club from just an ordinary old golf club? I will give you several tips on how to accomplish this. This will help you to be able to with relative accuracy help in determining the true value of your antique club.
There is a five step test in helping in a preliminary club appraisal. I will give you a quick insight on how to approximate how old your golf club could be. The first step is to determine the age of club. You have to take a look at the entire club to do this:
1. Grip: By looking at the grip it will give you a meaningful hint about the age of said club. Old clubs are equiped with grips called flocked suede. This is what the grip was made of before 1920. Clubs made after the early 1920’s had been made of leather grips that a the difference. So when looking at the club pay close attention to this. Look and look again and try to make sure your evaluation is correct. An accurate assessment is crucial here.
2. Club Face: If you look at the club face of an old golf club you will notice it should have a smooth finish. Although quite a few players score the face. Markings on golf clubs were not introduced until the first few years of the 20th century. Just to make sure that you understand that this method is not an exact method for dating an old club. But having a club with a smooth face would certainly date the club prior to 1905.
3. Wood Shaft Test: If the shaft is made of wood this will indicate that you are in possession of an antique club. There were clubs produced after 1930 that had an overlaid with plastic covers. These clubs are also classified as authentic wooden golf clubs. You could use a magnet to determine if the shaft is wood or metal. If it is not wood it is a post-1930’s club.
4. Metal Club Head: In the 1920’s there was a different grade of steel to produce club-heads. It was an inferior grade of steel. By using this steel, you would be able to look at it and should look dated. Dark color should mean rusty. So if you have an old club and shows signs of a shiny finish would let you know was dated before 1920.
5. Markings or Stamps: If you see a marking or a stamp from a manufacture on the club you should notice it and look up the stamp in the Golf Club reference guide to help in determining age.
So in short if you come up with an antique golf club do nothing to it, no polish, no painting don’t even repair the shaft if broken. Bring the club any reputable golf collectible dealer, they are well equipped in helping understand how you could enhance the value of an old golf club