The following is an interview with Tad Moore, President of Tad Moore Hickory Classics. (https://hickories.tadmoore.com/)
How did you get introduced to hickory golf? What year did you start playing hickories?
In the late 80’s I had been a collector of antique golf clubs for years as well as the classics. A good friend Bobby Farino suggested I make up a set of hickories. I played my first round with him at Williamsburg VA.
What is your fascination with Hickory Golf? Why do you think golfers should try playing hickories?
Hickory golf is an experience that more closely relates to the game as it was played when I was a young player. The ball has been a bad thing in my mind for modern golf but actuall helps the hickory player. Hickory golf brings your mind into play and makes shots interesting and fun.
What advice would you give to a new hickory golfer? Or a new hickory golfer looking to put together a playing set?
If you want a set you can go and play pretty well from the start go with my reproduction clubs. Once you Start playing then you can decide to try old clubs.
What clubs make up your current playing hickory set?
Driver-Tad Moore Jack White special
Niblick-Gibson from OA set
Run Up-MacGregor era 1915 approaching putter
What is your favorite club in the bag and why?
Driver— I hit it, for me, long with a little draw. Love it!!!
What golf ball do you traditionally play with hickory clubs?
Srixon Soft Feel either standard or reminded with small dimples.
What is your most prized hickory club, hickory era memorabilia or most interesting find?
Well over the years I have had some super rare clubs that are now in a few puplushed books but I think the set I found of all Danga wood Gibson clubs-4 woods-8 irons and Putter used to win the 1932 Irish Am were pretty neat.
What is your most proudest accomplishment on/off the golf course?
I have two very similar. Being honored in my home States golf hall of Fame and in hickory golf The Mike Brown Award.
What is your favorite hickory golf course?
What is your most recent addition to your hickory golf bag? Why?
Links putter. I wanted a wooden mallet.
Dream foursome? (living)
Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam, Jay Haas.
If you could go back and play a round of golf in the hickory era, who would round out your dream foursome?
Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen.
Do you have a golf course, trip or adventure on your hickory bucket list?
World Hickory Open 2017.
What golf associations do you belong to?
SOhG and BGCS.
What is your must have 19th hole drink/dish?
Gin & Tonic.
18 Rapid Fire Questions
Caddie or no caddie?
Your last round played, did you play modern or hickory clubs?
The last course played with hickory clubs?
What percentage of your rounds are played with hickory golf clubs?
Long Par 3 or Long Par 5?
Are you more of a Hickory golf collector or Hickory golf player?
Shorts, Knickers or Trousers?
St. Andrews or Pebble Beach? (or somewhere else?)
National on Long Island.
Just off the green. Jigger, Niblick or Putter?
With hickories, round of life or hole in one?
Well no hole in one yet but a 75 at Crystal Downs.
Play for fun or play for something?
A little something.
Early morning or twilight?
Favorite hickory-era golfer? (Jones, Sarazen, Hagen, ???)
Drive for show or putt for dough?
Canvas bag or leather bag?
Leather grip color/style preference?
Dark—-with Tack I use on clubs.
Patina or polished clubs?
Used with some patina.
Broken shaft. Fix it myself or call an expert?
How about this. If you break your club, call me!