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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.
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.
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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The ‘Park’ line cut Gutta Percha ball is handmade using the same production methods as applied by the ball makers 150 years ago so that today’s hickory player can enjoy and appreciate how golf was played during the period from 1850 to 1900 when playing with pre 1900 clubs such a transitional woods and smooth faced irons. The ball is presented in a box with an information sheet.This ball is made from imported 'synthetic' gutta percha developed to produce the same feel as natural Gutta Percha which has now become a scarce commodity and therefore too expensive for the production of golf balls. The natural version is the sap of the Palaquium genus of tropical tree that is mainly found in Southeast Asia, e.g. the Malaysian Sopadilla tree. The word ‘gutta-percha’ comes from the plant’s name in Malay, getah-perca, which translated means percha sap.
For enquires from USA & Canada please contact us BEFORE ordering.
Chris McIntyre produced this replica ball at his workshop in California after many years developing the characteristics required for an authentic gutta percha ball. The gutta is warmed to a soft state, then molded and cooled in a single 1890's style 'line cut' mold, the pattern being similar to the ‘Silvertown’ ball from this period. The rough ball is then taken out of the mould and trimmed and then left to cure for a period of time before finally applying three coats of enamel paint by hand rolling. This process takes 4 to 6 weeks. These balls are a work of art. Please refer to the images.
Approved for Play
The Society of Hickory Golfers (SOHG) approve this ball for play.
Ball Size : 1.70” diameter
Ball Weight : 24.5 dwt (pennyweight). 1.3440 oz 38.10 grams
Pattern : Line Cut
Distance off the tee very much depends on the prevailing weather conditions of the day, i.e. temperature, pressure, wet or dry air and course firmness. Chris has hit drives between 140-185 yards but the ‘ big hitters’ can go further if the perfect strike is made.
Durability. A poor strike with a heavy iron blade will dent or possibly cut the ball just as they did in the gutta percha era, and continual hitting will eventually produce imperfections but this is all part of the experience and enjoyment playing with these old style balls. If they did not then they would not be a true replica. The ball is what it is, and what it was!
Today’s modern golfer would probably freak out with this experience as they expect golf balls to last forever until they find a watery grave.
Playability. In fact historic records all refer to gutta percha balls has having the best playing characteristics for putting, pitching and ability to stop the ball by lightly cutting the shot when approaching the green.
Ralph S. Livingston 111, the renowned and highly respected hickory player, club restorer and author of ‘Thomas Stewart Jr. Golf Cleek and Iron Maker’ congratulated Chris McIntyre by saying “The work he has done to accomplish making them so authentic to the old real thing I find admirable, both the gutty and rubber ball eras.” Ralph passed away on 17th August 2012 aged 54.
Randy Jensen who has won more contemporary wood shaft golf tournaments than any other player including 8 time National Hickory Champion, 7 time GCS World Hickory Champion, 7 time Heart of America Hickory Champion, 2 time Scottish Hickory Champion, Scratch Division and Canadian Hickory Champion says “I have been associated with hickory golf since its earliest days. Back then the opportunities for historically authentic play were very limited. But from the hard early work and passion of Chris McIntyre which has now been amplified by the expanded vision of Dave Brown the modern player can enjoy a wide range of historical balls. Both as a hickory enthusiast and a golf professional I highly recommend these balls”
History of the Gutta-Percha ball
For further information about the introduction of the gutta percha ball please refer to the History of the Golf Ball page on this site.
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