Vintage Golf Clubs

You don’t collect things that are not vintage or in short, with no history to boast of. That is why the value of an item always depends on how old it is and if the manufacturer no longer exists, the greater the price is going to be. This is the same with vintage golf clubs because only those that are of rarity are being auctioned and looked up by auctioneers, sellers, and collectors. And only those that are well maintained draw the attention of collectors. But it doesn’t mean that common ones, scored, and used ones are not of value. Generally, any vintage golf clubs have an equivalent price even those that are tagged as common—smooth-faced, dented, and old imitations of branded golf club. The price is just categorized accordingly to genuine, wood material, and appearance.

Vintage golf clubs are usually made of good wood, although there are some that are made of iron, wedges, hybrid—combination of wood and iron, and other durable materials that date back in the 1800s. The highest in value is the wood, especially hickory wood. Hickory is known for its durability characteristics, which is very important for golf clubs. There are different types of vintage golf clubs in wood shafts and/or in complete wood including the insert. Among these are the driver or Playclub which is known today as 1-Wood, Scraper or today’s 2-Wood, Long Spoon or 3-Wood, Middle Spoon or 4-wood, Short Spoon or 5-Wood, Baffy or Baffing Spoon for 7-Wood, Niblick or Wooden head for 9-Wood, and putter which retained its name to date.

Vintage golf clubs are generally associated to hand carved good woods, but there are even more durable iron-made ones of the same production dates. Among these are the Heavy Iron, Light Iron, Modern sand wedges that resemble the Sand Iron—the antique golf clubs with thick heavy lofted head used to hit a golf ball on a hazard or a thick rough, “Rutter” from Rut Iron and/or Track Iron—heavily lofted but small headed wedge used for getting the ball out of tracks or cart ruts, Cleek or the now called 1-iron, Mid-Iron or today’s 5-iron, Mashie or these days’ 7-iron, Mashie Niblick or 9-iron, Niblick or Sand Wedge, Jigger or the longer shafted Niblick used in high shots, and iron headed Putter.

Still, wood vintage golf clubs have better prices than iron-made once. In fact, common golf clubs that are made out of wood are valued high at $30 to $60, putters are at $15 to $30, while iron golf clubs are ranged from $10 to $20. Changes in pricing greatly depreciate depending on their appearance and overall characteristics. High-quality golf clubs are valued higher at $30 to $50 for irons, putters between $40 to $60, and woods at $85 to $120. Face markings or unidentifiable markings will heavily affect these values, though. Other affecting factors such as unusual head shapes or wood headed putters, under and oversized shafts, wood with 4 to 5 inches of whipped string covering its oval, curved, or thick neck are also considerations for this.

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