A very nice example of a Hardy’s palakona shafted wood restored for display. The swing weight is D2 and the length is 40.75” (104cm).
The head is stamped Hardy’s Alnwick. The six sided shaft is stamped ‘Palakona Registered Trade Mark, Hardys Bros Ltd, Alnwick, England.
For Display Only.
The large light stained head is fitted with two metal plates, one at the front edge and the other along the rear, each plate being held in position by three allen key screws. The face lines have been re cut. The lead back weight is securely in place. The socket joint has been re whipped with black waxed linen thread which has then been lightly coated with shellac for further protection.
4” (10cm) from toe to heel through the centre of the face.
2.50” (6cm) wide across the crown.
1.50” (4cm) deep face.
The shaft is connected to the head by a through-bore joint helping to add stability to the club. The original reddy-brown leather grip is in good condition and remains tightly bound.
William Hardy began as a gunsmith in Alnwick (Northumberland, England) in 1872 and was soon joined by his brother John James to form the partnership known as Hardy Bros Ltd.
It was not long before they started to produce fishing equipment and started to use split cane (Palakona) for the rod shafts which was then found to be an ideal material for golf clubs where a flexible shaft was required. The bamboo laminated six sided shaft was patented, British Patent No. 414476.
Hardy’s sold golf clubs under their own name but they also had a very close relationship with Jack White of Sunningdale Golf Club (1901-26) who was the Open Champion at Sandwich in 1904.
In the early 1900’s they opened a shop in South David Street, Edinburgh and in 1914 they opened another shop in Princess Street, Edinburgh.
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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.