Subject:Changes to Conditions of Play effective 1 April 2021
Hi to All AGHS Members & interested parties
After reviewing the current Conditions of Play (CoP) that AGHS has had in place since 2016, the Committee has determined that some changes were required to accommodation the use of Replica Clubs into our events.
Whilst continuing to ensure the Original clubs, now classified as Antique will be protected & most probably utilised by the majority of participants, the wishes of others to play with Replica clubs has now been formally recognised.
In reviewing the Rules in place with both the UK & USA hickory groups & subsequent email exchanges with both parties, one particular point became apparent.
The major point of difference between AGHS’s CoP & the UK & USA hickory groups is their use of 1935 as the cut-off date for club manufacture as against the AGHS’s 1940 date.
In recognition of the date being an important element, the AGHS has decided to adopt the 1935 date to provide a consistent international approach to the time line issue.
In passing it should be noted the following facts:
1910 - Steel shafts are patented by Arthur Franklin (Bill) Knight, an American inventor credited with invention of steel golf clubs in 1909, also he invented the Schenectady putter
1924 - The USGA legalizes steel shafted golf clubs.
1929 - The R & A approves the use of steel shafts
1936 - Johnny Fischer (USA) recorded as last winner of major championship to use hickory shafted clubs, the US Amateur
Hope our knowledgeable historians agree with these facts.
So as a group, we move forward into a slightly different era with the changed Conditions of Play & look forward to seeing members appear with some Replica clubs for us to admire.
For those of us who will continue to play with the “Antiques” it will interesting to see the results of the “Replicas”.
The input of interested parties to this important change has been greatly appreciated.
The CoP will be updated on our website in due course.