Tips, tools, supplies and techniques for the repair of hickory golf clubs.
One of the SOHG's original missions was to serve as a central source of information with regard to resources and maintenance tips for wood-shafted clubs. With that in mind, we present this archive of tips, links and videos from restoration experts to assist hickory players with the care, maintenance and restoration of their clubs. Yes, the job can feel like an endless task, but when one pulls out a club that they themselves have restored -- from shaft to club head, grip to whipping -- they have a greater connection to that club and thus the shot at hand and by extension the very soul of the game itself.
Services & Supplies
- Hickory Golf Workshop - Complete repair and restoration services or they can sell you the necessary tools and supplies. Work guaranteed. Offers grips, whipping thread, racks and unusual goodies like shaft straighteners, shaft sanders and whipping stands.
- Louisville Golf - Offers all services to refinish and repair hickory clubs, from grips to new inserts on woods. Also sells hickory shafts.
- Tad Moore Golf - Tad does expert work refinishing and repairing hickory clubs.
- Tim Alpaugh - Accurate restoration and repair of woods and irons.
- St Andrews Golf Co. - vintage club restoration just steps from the legendary St. Andrews Golf Links. Check out their Workshop page.
- Past Masters Old Links Golf - One of the few go-to resources for hickory club repair and rebuild in Europe. Rebuilds and repairs derelict clubs.
- Hickory Golf Grips - big variety of authentic leather grips, backweights and more for sale, as well as original balls and clubs.
- The Hickory Golfer - hickory shafts and leather grips
- Golf Works - modern, but often useful for miscellaneous tools, supplies.
- Tandy Leather - They don't know hickory golf from a hole in the wall, but they sell leather hides for grips and related tools. Look for deer-tanned cowhide.
- Distant Drums On Line - leather hides for grips. They'll think you're making drums.
P.S. - almost every regional play group has a couple of guys who can handle basic club repairs for a small charge. Ask around.
Chris McIntyre - Auldgolfer Workshop
Chris is a legend in the hickory world. He created the McIntyre Golf Ball company and then in a quest for a more authentic golf, created Auldgolfer.com, a website dedicated to golf in the purest, most original forms. Chris offers an excellent series of videos set in his Auldgolfer Workshop (which is stocked with auld tools and utilizes auld repair techniques). It is easy to get lost in Auldgolf, so if you're passionate about hickory golf, you should become a member (it's free).
You can access Auldgolfer videos two ways. Go to the Auldgolfer Workshop and pick a subject. Chris takes viewers through the repairs in short, focused clips. Or drop into Chris' youtube channel and see everything he's got online. There are a few extra goodies there.
The Hickory Golfer Workshop
In addition to fixing clubs of every sort, these guys offer soooo many cool tools for home hickory golf restoration. Best of all, they also makes crisp, clear videos showing how the jobs are done. Again, there two ways to access their videos. You can go the the Hickory Golfer Workshop site and check under TOOLS or REPAIR SERVICES (the videos are spread around their website), or you can dive right into their Gary Eley's youtube channel.
The late Mike Just was a friend to everyone he met in the hickory golf world and the clubs he built at Louisville Golf are standard in many hickory player's collections. Back in 2012, Mike made a couple of solid, basic repair videos about two skills everyone should have - re-whipping and re-gripping. I can't find these on the excellent new Louisville Golf website, so I'm posting them here. It's good to see Mike again.