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#1 07-06-2016 20:05:56

Registered: 19-10-2015
Posts: 54

Shaft or Environment the Culprit?

Time to shake up some discussion again.  (Too busy with sandbags this week.  Missed flood on our floor by a mere 100mm).

I noticed this in part of an article in "Inside Golf" 2015 by Richard Fellner, talking about hickories:

"Excessive heat, cold or moisture would often affect the club’s distance or performance, thus forcing some golfers to adjust their game dramatically depending on the day’s (or the hour’s) playing conditions."

I have never really noticed "DRAMATIC" change in a hickory CLUB'S performance on really hot or cold or humid days, any more than when I used to play with modern clubs.  I have always considered any difference to be due to the environment (air moisture, or lack of, etc).  I also have considered any change has been due to the ball's characteristics, not the club.

I would take some convincing that a CLUB could "dramatically" change it's performance during a round at Carnarvon that starts out at 27 degrees dry, and at 9 holes is 40 degrees and humid.

Has anybody got any further info or experience on this statement?

Have a few clubs, mostly junk, but all playable.


#2 07-06-2016 20:38:02

From: Chipping Norton NSW
Registered: 19-10-2015
Posts: 51

Re: Shaft or Environment the Culprit?

Glad that you dodged the flood. We got 270mm in two days, but it luckily all ran into the Georges River . . . which runs right past my home course. This is the first green:


The only time excessive heat, cold or moisture has affected the distance or performance of my clubs is when said climatic conditions were being vigorously propelled by wind. Having said that, I wouldn't be at all surprised if they were affected by bushfires though.

I'm with you - I think it's more about the pill.

Gone golfing - be back at dark thirty.


#3 08-06-2016 11:10:42

Registered: 19-10-2015
Posts: 37

Re: Shaft or Environment the Culprit?

And I thought the 17th at Sawgrass was a tough water hole!
A bit of poetic license never goes astray when writing about the early days of golf. Excessive heat and/or humidity may well affect the performance of the club but only in relation to the mug holding on to the end of it (see report on Australian Hickory Championships 2014).


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