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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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Robert Condie (St. Andrews) brass gem style Putter with sloping back c.1910
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Robert Condie (St. Andrews) brass gem style Putter with sloping back c.1910

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A very attractive gem style brass putter with a sloping back by Robert Condie who was renowned as one of the finest cleekmakers and club maker during the hickory era. This club can be used for play or would make a very nice display item. The length is 33.50” (85cm).

The crown of the head is stamped with his name, ‘Rose’ cleekmark and St. Andrews. The shaft is also stamped below the grip but the name is eligible and St. Andrews is very faint. In fact the shaft may have been supplied by another maker such as Auchterlonie or Robert Forgan.

The head shows numerous scar and dint marks produced by coming into contact with iron irons whist in the bag. Brass being a soft metal easily marks so because head covers were rarely used in the hickory era the brass putters were inevitably affected in this way.

The head has been cleaned and polished. The face is stamped with a half moon dot punched pattern. The length of the head is 3.25” (8cm) from toe to heel through the centre of the face, just over 1.25” (3cm) wide across the centre of the sloping back and nearly 1” (2.50cm) deep face at the centre. The shape of the face slopes from the centre to both the toe end and the heel end. The sole is between 1" (2.5cm) to 1.25" (3cm) wide across the centre.

The shaft has a very slight bow and retains the original dark leather grip tightly bound.

Robert Condie

One of the finest quality cleek makers the club industry has known. Born 1863 in Fife he began his cleek making career at the reputable James Anderson forge in Anstruther before moving on for further training under Robert White in St. Andrews. He opened his first forge in 1890 in St. Andrews and soon afterwards created a ‘Rose’ cleek mark which was to become a hallmark for quality supplying his beautifully crafted iron heads to a number of leading club makers and professionals alike.

He travelled to America during the 1890’s to visit a number of cleek makers and learn about their mass production methods and even though he was impressed when he returned home he decided that the traditional ‘hand forged’ method produced a better quality head and continued to use this method whilst others around him changed over to ‘drop forging’ production enabling them to offer mass production. Even when his son George joined the firm around 1910 he continued with the traditional method through to the 1930’s. Certainly any club head bearing the ‘Rose’ Condie mark is well worth owning. Robert Condie died in 1923.

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.

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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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