A very nice medium size head brassie fully restored is now ready for play. The swing weight is D1 and the length is 41.50” (105cm).
The makers name is clearly visible to the crown of the head and is also stamped on the shaft just below the grip. The letter L is partially visible below the word Special which possibly means that this club was made for a lady player although D1 is a gentlemans swing weight so this wood will suit the gentleman player who has a nice slow rythmic swing.
The attractive head has been stained using a mahogany style colour and the face lines have been re cut. The full wrap around brass sole plate is held in position by six metal screws and both the rams horn sole insert and lead back weight are securely in position. The socket joint has been re whipped with black waxed linen thread which has been coated with shellac for added protection.
The head measurements are:
3.50” (9cm) from toe to heel through the centre of the face.
2.50” wide across the crown.
Nearly 1.50” (4cm) deep face including the sole insert and brass plate.
The straight shaft has a slightly flexible feel ideal for a lady player or a senior gents player and has been fitted with a new light brown hide grip whipped with black waxed linen thread.
J.C. Smith & Sons (Monifieth).
A family business formed in 1870 by J.C. Smith (1832-1907) in Monifieth near to the golf links. Monifieth is situated between Dundee and Carnoustie.
J.C. Smith worked at the local foundry and started to make golf clubs in his spare time. His reputation grew as being a maker of fine quality clubs and having a growing order book he finally decided to start his own business on a full time basis.
His son Robert D. Smith known as Bob took over the business in the late 1890’s and he continued to produce high quality clubs mainly selling to the local golfing population based around Dundee, Monifieth and Carnoustie. After his father died he changed the name stamp to R.D. Smith and continued the business until 1930.
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.
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.
All deliveries are insured at no extra cost to the buyer giving you peace of mind that in the event that should an item(s) be lost or damaged during the delivery process you will be refunded in full. When the parcel arrives please check the condition of the parcel before signing for the delivery. This is most important because the courier will not accept liability for damage if the parcel is signed for in good condition and then a complaint is lodged at a later date. If this happens then I will not be able to claim from the courier which means that I will be unable to refund yourself.