A superb early 1900’s wood mallet head style putter in original condition except for the addition of new whipping thread to the socket joint and the grip. The top of the head is raised towards the toe end with a gradual slope back down towards the neck. This putter remains in play condition or would make a fabulous display club. The length is 33.50” (85cm).
The renowned family maker’s name is clearly stamped to the crown of the head with both the model name and patent number shown below. The maker’s name is also stamped to the shaft just below the original hide grip.
The sole is fitted with a full brass plate held in place with six metal screws. Even though there is no lead back weight, this putter has quite a heavy feeling so weight may have been added before the sole plate was fitted and this is the reason for the patent number.
The head measurements are:
3.25” (8cm) from toe to heel through the centre of the face.
1.75” (4cm) wide across the crown.
Nearly 1.25” (3cm) deep face including the sole plate.
The shaft has a gentle bow, often referred to as ‘The St. Andrews bow’ which was produced at the time this club was made.
D & W. Auchterlonie
Willie Auchterlonie began his club making business in 1895 with A.W. Crosthwaite but by 1897 the latter had already left the company. Willie was then joined by his younger brother David so Willie changed the name to D & W. Auchterlonie and the business prospered becoming well known as club specialists and ball makers. Willie had won the Open Championship in 1893 which helped launch his business career. Both Willie and David served time as apprentices at the Robert Forgan factory learning the art of club making. They patented a number of different clubs and also had thriving export sales to the USA. David was also a good amateur golfer and during the period of the 1st World War held the position of professional at the Carlsbad Club in Austria. By the mid 1930’s the club making business had basically finished and Willie had turned to retailing golf equipment which his son continued until his death in 1988.
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 6 or even 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. Should you wish to take advantage of this saving then please contact me for a postal quote before placing your order on the website.
When the courier 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.