A very nice smooth faced putter from the early 1890’s produced by Archie Simpson who was the youngest of the six Simpson brothers and like his brothers he was a very good amateur golfer and became a recognised club maker both in Scotland and eventually the USA where he emigrated to around 1912. This club has been restored for play. The length is 34.50” (88cm).
His name is now barely visible on the club head but can be seen stamped to the shaft just below the grip.
The head has been cleaned and polished and remains tight to the shaft. The length of the head is 3.50” (9cm) from toe to heel along the rear. The hosel measures 3.25” (8cm).
The straight greenheart shaft has been fitted with an old period hide grip in keeping with the age of the club.
The youngest of the 6 golfing Simpson brothers, Archie was born in Elie in 1866. Like all his brothers he was a very good amateur golfer being proficient at all parts of the game. When his brother Robert set up his club making business in Carnoustie, Archie joined the firm in 1884 and like his brothers he then turned professional. He left the firm in 1891 to take up the position as the professional at Bembridge on the Isle of Wight only to return to the business for two years during which time Robert made him a partner and re named the firm R & A Simpson during this brief period.
He eventually began his own club making business whilst he was the professional at the Royal Aberdeen Golf Club and was very successful patenting a number of clubs as well as having number of important clients. He moved to America in 1911 where he continued playing and making clubs. He was highly respected and made many friends wherever he went due to his endearing qualities.
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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