A superb large headed lofted ladies driver beautifully restored is now ready for play. The flexible shaft is ideal for a lady player. The swing weight is C3 and the club measures 41.50” (105cm).
Ben Sayers was not only a fine and highly respected professional hickory player having played in every Open Championship from 1880 to 1923 and was runner up in the 1888 Championship, he also was renowned for his club making business. His name is clearly stamped within the strike band across the crown of the large head and just below the hide grip.
The dark brown stained head is stamped B. Sayers and the model name ‘Dreadnought’. The black fibre sole insert is held in place by a brass plate and three metal screws. The lead back weight is securely in position. The face lines have been re cut and the socket joint has been re whipped with black waxed linen thread which has then been coated with shellac for added protection.
The head measures:
4” (10cm) from toe to heel through the centre of the sole.
Nearly 3” (8cm) wide across the crown.
Just over 1.50” (4cm) deep face including the sole insert.
The straight dark stained shaft has a flexible feel and has been fitted with a new light tan hide grip whipped with black waxed linen thread coated with shellac.
Bernard Sayers was born 1857 in Leith, Edinburgh. He did not take up golf until his mid teens but learned how to play the game very quickly and gained his first position as apprentice at Musselburgh. He eventually moved to North Berwick and finally gained fame when finishing 2nd in the 1888 Open Championship.
However his real interest was to coach golf and was recognized as one of the finest coaches of his era, so much so that he even secured a position in Monte Carlo enjoying the warmer climate during the winter months whilst coaching the rich and famous.
His first clubs produced during 1890’s / early 1900’s were hand made in the old style, i.e. Long Nose clubs followed by shorter headed clubs. However this all changed when his son (Ben jnr) joined the company around 1912 and started to promote certain models, one being the deep grooved Stopum iron which his father had invented and another being the ‘Dreadnought’ driver which had an oversized head and was named after the famous naval flagship of that time, H.M.S Dreadnought. The company registered their own ‘Robin’ cleek mark in 1923.
In recognition to his father, Ben jnr designed a putter with a stainless steel head using grooves on the sole to help stop ‘drag’ when moving the putter head over the surface of the green. The model was named The Benny. Ben Sayers snr died in 1924.
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.
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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.