What Kind of Golf Clubs are Worth Money?

What kind of golf clubs are worth money? Learn about classic & antique golf clubs that appreciate in value over time & how to tell if your golf club is valuable.

What Kind of Golf Clubs are Worth Money?

What are the most valuable golf clubs? Like wine or antiques, classic and antique golf clubs can appreciate in value over time. However, not all clubs appreciate or appreciate in the same way. Age, historical significance, rarity, and condition are just some of the factors that influence price, and this influence can be significant. So how can you tell if your golf club or one you plan to buy is valuable? The game of golf has been around for centuries, but high-value clubs can be traced back to certain eras.

For instance, clubs from before 1920 tend to be more expensive. During this period, American walnut axles and steel and ironwood heads were standard in golf manufacturing. After the 1920s, the game became more popular and manufacturers created several steel clubs with matching sets. Nineteenth century sticks come at a high price, especially if they were manufactured by a leading manufacturer and are in good condition.

Clubs with unusual design features are rare and their unique features and rarity make them have a higher price. Value generally increases automatically for products that are difficult to obtain or that only a few are available. Older golf clubs linked to a particular player or to a known or historic tournament demand a higher value. A good example is the Hogan 1-Iron used by Ben Hogan at the 1950 United States Open.

Similarly, clubs owned by celebrities, champions and presidents get high prices. Like most old items, authenticating golf clubs is not a simple matter. It's not difficult to identify an antique, especially with the guide we've outlined below on identifying antique golf clubs. However, dating accurately in a club is another matter.

Most golf equipment from the 1800s did not have patent numbers, making it difficult to authenticate. The key to knowing if your golf clubs are old is to evaluate them carefully. Antique golf clubs have some unique features. Remember, just because a club is old doesn't mean it's old.

The 1890s were the golden age of golf clubs with several fabulous clubs created in Scotland, leaders in club design. It's no wonder that clubs marked as Made in Scotland or Made in England are considered more valuable. Putters and wedges have been tried and tested more than any other golf club and they are specialized clubs revered by many. Usually, most golfers develop a strong bond with putters - it's part of the reason they have significant value.

Wood is considered an indicator of age so sticks made of old wood can bring more money, especially if the necks are thick and covered with ropes. Clubs marked as patents are rarer and therefore more valuable than their non-patented counterparts. Collectors often consider clubs that seem unusual to be more valuable - these smooth-faced iron sticks are hard to come by because in 1910 they were out of fashion. For this reason, sticks without lines, dots or patterns tend to get more money.

Check that the club is clean and in good condition, maintaining its original condition - most homeowners would stack these sticks in a basement or garage where fluctuations in humidity and temperature affected them so metal suffered rust and pitting while wooden axles were also susceptible to damage caused by natural elements during storage. Classic drivers and street woods with elaborate cross weaves are highly desirable for collectors and golf enthusiasts - check that it is still possible to firmly attach the leather groups with the whipping rope intact. In the 1890s and before, golf club rods were made of wood - in the 1930s these clubs were no longer available so these clubs can be valuable. Deep grove wooden sticks commonly known as rakes or waterfalls are collectors' favorites - at the beginning of the 20th century particularly from 1920 to 1940 many people were interested in golf so long-nosed putters sold at Sothebys auction dating back to the 18th century can be very valuable - this putter is made of fruit wood and metal built at the end of the 17th century with a long history that has boosted its value - it's on display at Glasgow International Expo known for showcasing golf artifacts from Scottish history.

This club was built by Barth & Sons a German company known for its excellent craftsmanship - its head and shaft comprise a fairly thick layer of 24-carat gold and believe it or not it also has diamonds embedded in the wood although this club was manufactured in the 1800s it is still in good condition and requires no repair to improve its appearance - it has been authenticated and has an imprint of the date of manufacture making it a valuable collector's item. You might know Spalding as a basketball player but decades ago Spalding made golf clubs including this Palmer Patent Wood fork axle - only 21 of these clubs exist today they are made of brass or copper looking like Tiger Woods club in their 1997 victory - in the past golf clubs didn't last long they were built with materials that wore out quite quickly however nowadays golf clubs can last several years even a lifetime if they are well maintained - in addition to how well you care for them quality and use also matter if you play often maybe three or four times a week your clubs will need to be replaced first.

Micheal Hughes
Micheal Hughes

Friendly bogey golfer. I have an 8 year old love/hate relationship with golf. Currently using Cobra Speedzone irons, Cobra Speedzone driver/woods and a Cobra Agera 3D printed putter.