Did you know that even golf clubs have been given names way back in 1457? And though these names have greatly changed through time, the putter and driver are the only ones that were retained to these days where golf clubs are already classified in numbers. Here are some of the most common antique golf names used centuries back and their equivalent today:
Wooded Antique Golf Clubs Names
- Driver or 1-Wood was called Playclub since 1457 to the 19th century
- 2-Wood was known as Scraper way back in the early golf days until the 19th century
- 3-Wood was called Long Spoon back in the 19th century and earlier
- 4-Wood was Middle Spoon until the 19th century
- 5-Wood was known as Short Spoon way back until the turn of the 19th century
- 7-Wood was then called Baffy, the short term for Baffing Spoon up to 19th Century
- 9-Wood was Niblick or Wooden Head way back in the earlier days of golfing until the 19th century
- Putter is still Putter or Wooden Head to these days
Iron Headed Antique Golf Clubs Names
- Heavy Iron was commonly used to call iron-headed golf clubs in the old days. Although the term was heavily used up to the 18th century, there is no existing record of its name’s modern equivalent to date.
- Light Iron is just like the heavy iron that has no existing record of new name even though these antique golf clubs names were recorded to be used up to the up to 18th century only.
- Modern sandwedges have little resemblance with the Sand Iron, the antique golf clubs name for a club that is used to a club with a thick heavy lofted head. It is commonly used to hit a golf ball when it came to rest on either a hazard or a thick rough. The name was used up to the 18th century.
- “Rutter” from Rut Iron and/or Track Iron were the antique golf clubs names for heavily lofted but small headed wedge. Apparently, there is no modern name for them since the 19th century. These clubs are being used for getting the ball out of tracks or cart ruts.
- 1-iron is the equivalent of clubs with antique golf clubs named Cleek since 1457.
- 5-iron is the counterpart of the antique name Mid-Iron.
- 7-iron is the modern name of Mashie.
- 9-iron was Mashie Niblick was back in the earlier years of golfing.
- Sand Wedge was used to be called Niblick.
- Another type of niblick with a longer shaft was once called Jigger. This golf club was used when playing a high shot, say 150 yards. The name is incorrectly used today in referring to short range “chippers” today.
- The iron headed Putter in the old times is still being used today to refer to the same heavily iron constructed golf club head. The use and function of this club remained the same.