Originally Posted by crgildart
All these "I just returned to skiing after 20 years" got me wondering about a similar golf scenario. Have the clubs and mechanics of golf changed more or less than those of skiing since 1990? Would a golfer using 1990 clubs be more or less obsolete than a skier using 1990 gear?
I play with both hickory shafts (c. 1928 Tom Stewart Irons) and with modern shafts, depending upon the course and my partners. Several notes:
1) The golf swing changed when golfers switched from hickory from steel, because of the torsional stiffness in the shaft. Skiing technique also changed, but more gradually throughout the years. Golf technique hasn't changed since 1990 except for the work Pelz did on the short game. Skiing technique has changed more.
2) Bigger (fat) golf club heads supposedly help the average golfer, but the average handicaps never seem to go lower. Fat shaped skis make a bigger difference for skiers. Average skiers can now ski powder, crud and conditions they never though possible.
3) The best golfers in the world generally don't want too many "game improvement" clubs in their bag. Blades help them "work" the ball and probably do better with thin hits. Racers are still using 65mm waisted skis with a particular tail shape that allows them to carve the turns they need. The "game improvement" twin tips, fatter profiles, etc. are not wanted.
4) People send a lot of money hoping to "buy" a better golf game in lieu of spending money on lessons. The same goes for skiing.
5) You can have a blast playing with the old hickory shafts. They bring the architecture of older courses back into play. You can easily play a round with 1990 irons since the Dynamic shaft hasn't changed for something like 60 years. It isn't fun skiing with old ski equipment. My VR-27s GS skis will stay in retirement.
6) The better golf ball and the Dynamic shaft made a huge difference in golf. The plastic ski boot & metal/fiberglass skis made the biggest difference in the quality of skiing. Both these changes were pre-1990.
IMO, skis have changed more than golf clubs, except for the driver.
Heel Toe Weighted Mid-Iron c. 1918 (Ping wasn't the first):
Matching shafts on Geo. Nicoll irons, c.1927:
Almost as pretty as my Ski Logik's:
Edited by quant2325 - 4/1/11 at 9:51pm