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Hickory Golf
Golf’s long history bespeaks a reverence for tradition . . . until you consider equipment. The first duffers played with curved sticks and spherical balls made of wood. Then, in the last century, they advanced through steel shafts to club heads made from high-tech alloys and graphite shafts that hammer multilayer balls hundreds of yards with ease. Still, a burgeoning coterie of golfers is shunning today’s aerodynamic drivers and fairway hybrids for a glimpse of the game’s golden era by shooting with hickory-shaft clubs dating from before 1935. “There is a terrific amount of pleasure in hitting a shot off the middle, because hickory clubs are very unforgiving,” …
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