Equipment Guidelines – Repairs, Renovations & Restorations


The following repairs, renovations, restorations are approved for clubs played in SoHG events:

  • Club heads may be reattached with modern glues.
  • Wood heads may have an insert installed into the club face using a technique that is in period.
  • Clubs may be re-shafted with period or new shafts.
  • Clubs may have weight added.
  • Grips original to the club may continue to be used and, in addition, grips salvaged from another original club may be reapplied for use. Also, new replacement grips replicating grips of the pre-1935 era are allowed.
    1. This guideline specifically disallows any modern “slip-on” rubber or similar type grip regardless of design of the grip surface
    2. Temporary “wraps” – typical of tennis and hockey – are allowed. They are not considered a proper replacememt for applying a new in-period” replica grip, but are allowed as a temporary aid for gripping the club. It is expected that these wraps be of a color in keeping with colors available in grips pre-1935.
  • Wood heads may have a metal faceplate (known as an “spring face”) attached over the club head’s existing club face using a material and techniques that are in period. (Note: The “spring face” was an equipment “improvement” offered by several club companies. It was first patented by Currie in 1891 and used by Spalding on its Model-R wood. By 1902, a comany sold a face repair kit with a metal faceplate and two screws.)
  • Generally, any repair, renovation or restoration that would have been performed during the pre-1935 era will be approved for use.

Any questions concerning repairs, renovations or restorations can be answered by the Equipment Committee.

Rob Ahlschwede, Equipment Committee Chair –