It’s common knowledge that the older a thing gets, the higher the value it holds. That same concept is applied in old golf clubs. The greater its significance, the higher its value will be. But what if it’s old and just by looking at it, one would easily get uninterested with it because of how damaged its looks? Would anyone still be appealed by its appearance and so-called value and be interested in taking it? Of course not. With that problem in mind, the question now is what should be done? Easy, preserve and restore it. Again, how?
Preserving and restoring an antique golf club is a difficult task. Considering its fragile state, it could easily be destroyed. Nevertheless, collectors and dealers are never discouraged to still procure such items and even then the fact on how they could restore it without further damaging it still remains unsettled. Preserving and restoring an old golf club takes skill, a huge amount of money and time. Not just that, but decision-making too in terms of the appropriate restoration which the antique golf club should undergo. Sometimes, if restoration can’t be applied, due to how fragile it looks, they just retain the old golf club the way they found it.
Either way, there are some guides that can be followed on how one could truly restore their vintage golf clubs. Restoring a vintage golf club is divided into 3 parts focused on the golf club’s main parts which are mainly the head, the grip and the shaft. In restoring the head part of an old golf club, one must remember the saying, “when in doubt, don’t”. This means that if you are not sure on what to do to restore your old golf club, then just don’t continue because chances are, when you still pursue in restoring it, you’ll just create more damage on the golf club. Thus, only the skilled in antique item restoration should be the one to do the task to avoid further damage on the old golf clubs. As much as possible, the original varnishes, tin plating and original screws should be retained. The wooden clubs’ head can be cleaned for to restore their original appearance. However, avoid using any chemical rust removers or any such that could further damage it.
To restore the shafts and grip part of an old golf club, the missing original grip must be replaced with a new leather grip as long as the materials used are the same as the original. Wooden shafts with crack can be fixed with glue as long as the glue does not show. Cleaning the shaft can also be done, but the varnish should be retained and it can be waxed once it’s clean for its color and surface be preserved. To restore its surface and also its appearance, leather scuffing may possibly be re-colored and sealed. The cord whipping surrounding the grips and wooden club’s hosel may possibly be replaced, but with similar materials if it’s original whipping has gone missing.
The main reason in preserving and restoring an antique golf club is to retain its parts and furnishings, to maintain its appearance and somehow, to keep its original beauty.