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Rubber-Core Mesh and Gutta-Percha Golf Balls

The VICTOR mesh patterned replica ball for hickory golf. Approved for play at all classic hickory golf events.

Special Low Prices
whilst stocks last.

£14.55 per 3 ball sleeve
£28.50 for 6 loose
£54.60 for 12 loose

For further details please refer to item X001 on the New Mesh & Dimple Balls for Hickory Play page.

Rubber-Core Mesh and Gutta-Percha Golf Balls

The RTJ small dimple pattern replica ball for hickory golf.

Approved for play at all classic hickory golf events.

£14.95 per 3 ball sleeve
£28.50 for 6 loose
£54.00 for 12 loose

For further details please refer to item X007 on the New Mesh & Dimple Balls for Hickory Play page.

Rubber-Core Mesh and Gutta-Percha Golf Balls

The Ouimet mesh pattern replica ball approved for play at all classic hickory golf events.

£16.00 per 3 ball sleeve
£31.50 for 6 loose
£61.80 for 12 loose

For further details please refer to item X004 on the New Mesh & Dimple Balls for Hickory Play page.

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F.H. Ayres 38 degree 'The Birco' Mashie c.1910
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F.H. Ayres 38 degree 'The Birco' Mashie c.1910

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A fine right hand mashie restored for play including the fitting of a new hickory shaft. The swing weight is D4 and the length is 37” (94cm).

This iron was originally supplied Ralph Smith who was the professional & club maker at the West Middlesex Golf Club from 1901 to 1920 having previously held the same position at Hastings from 1897 to 1898. His signature is stamped to the head. The ‘Maltese Cross’ cleekmark used by F.H. Ayres of London is also shown along with their model name ‘The Birco’. Ralph Smith gained a reputation for producing quality clubs having learnt the trade whilst being apprentice to George Forrester of Elie before serving time at the Army & Navy Stores workshop in London.

The head has been cleaned, polished, and the leading edge re cut to remove old stone dint marks. The face is stamped with a line-score pattern.

The straight shaft has been fitted with a new light tan hide grip whipped with black waxed linen thread.

F.H.Ayres

Established in 1810, London, Ayres were one of the oldest retailers of sporting equipment in the United Kingdom. They added golf clubs to their range during the mid 1880’s using various club makers to produce clubs bearing their own brand name. Business was so brisk that they even ran their own forge to produce the iron heads. They introduced their own cleek mark, the Maltese Cross at the beginning of the 1900’s.  They also sold clubs from a number of the recognized makers, often specializing in patented models and were given exclusive sales rights for these clubs. They eventually sold out to Slazenger.

Buying Hickory Clubs for Play

This club(s) has been carefully inspected and sympathetically restored to a condition suitable for playing hickory golf. However it is important to remember that the average age of a hickory club is between 80 to 100 years and even older in some cases so you are purchasing an item of golf history, i.e. a golfing antique.

The majority of hickory clubs will be fine for play when handled with care but there are a few that even after being restored can have problems. For example iron heads become loose, shafts can split and socket joints do sometimes break down under the stress of the golf swing, the impact of hitting a golf ball or another hard object such as a stone or practice mat. These are the risks that you must be prepared to accept when playing with hickory clubs and therefore we cannot be held responsible should such damage occur.

GOLF BALLS – Important Advice.

It is always advisable to use a ‘soft feel’ ball when playing hickory golf to help prevent damaging the clubs.  Most modern balls have a hard outer coating that can damage the face of a wood and put unnecessary strain on the socket joint. Hard balls can also cause an iron head/hosel to become loose from the wooden shaft. Driving range balls also invariably have a hard outer coating, plus hitting off rubber practice mats can sometimes loosen iron heads. Always practice on a grass surface.

Please refer to New Mesh & Dimple Balls for Hickory Play (see main menu) to view our replica 1920’s style soft feel balls.

Keeping Your Club(s) In Good Condition:

After a round of golf, should your clubs have become wet during play please ensure that you thoroughly clean and dry the heads when arriving home. Applying a thin coat of ‘gun oil’ to the iron heads helps protect against rust forming.

It is advisable to store your hickory clubs in a cool dry place. Too much moisture or heat can affect the hickory shafts, for example the shaft can shrink within the hosel causing the head to become loose. The cooler the environment - the better.

Postal Charges

Please refer to the Postal Prices, Payments & Returns page.

Orders consisting of more than one club will significantly reduce the postal charge for the added club(s) or other items, i.e. the cost to send up to 8 clubs is virtually the same as for one club so should a friend also wish to make a purchase then combine the orders and save money. Please contact me for a postal quote BEFORE placing your order on the website.

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