Two superb woods by Harry Vardon (six times Open Champion) for a lady player. Both clubs are in near original condition having only had a good waxing and new whipping thread applied. These clubs can either be used for play or would make a wonderful display item for the Harry Vardon enthusiast. There is also a matching Baffy listed on the Hickory Woods for Play page. See item W012G. The driver is a ladies club, see ‘L’ stamped to the head. The loft is 8°, swing weight is B8 and the length is 41.25” (105cm). The 15° brassie is a man’s club but having a swing weight of C4 this club is also suitable for a lady. The length is 42.25” (107cm)
His signature is stamped to the dark stained heads albeit only partially visible. His name is also stamped to both shafts just below the grip.
The driver has a rams horn sole insert fitted which is held in place by three wooden plugs. A circular lead weight is placed at the centre of the sole. The brassie sole has a half brass plate held in place by five metal screws protecting the rams horn sole insert. Both lead back weights are securely in position. The socket joints have been re whipped with black waxed linen thread which has been lightly coated with shellac for further protection.
The Driver head measurements are:
4” (10cm) from toe to heel through the centre of the face.
2.75” (7cm) wide across the centre.
1.25” deep face including the sole insert.
The Brassie head measurements are:
The same as the driver above.
The driver shaft is straight and the brassie shaft has a very slight bow. Both clubs have the original deep red leather grip tightly wound which has been re whipped with black waxed linen thread.
Born in Jersey, The Channel Islands in 1870, Harry Vardon was to become one of the most successful golfers ever to play the game winning the Open Chamionship 6 times, a record that still remains in place, plus the US Open in 1900.
He became a professional when he moved to Ripon, Yorkshire in 1890 to take up the position of greenkeeper. He then moved to Bury in 1893 where he stayed for two years before taking up the position of professional/clubmaker at the Scarborough Golf Club, Ganton where he stayed until 1903. It was during his time at Ganton that his rise to fame began winning the Open Championship in 1896, 98 and 99, plus the US Open in 1900.
He also started a moderate club making business at Ganton but due to his success on the course his main attention lay with playing the game.
In 1903 he made his last move when he became the professional/club maker at the South Hertfordshire Golf Club, Totteridge where he remained until his death in 1937 at the age of 66. His other three Open Championships were won in 1903, 11 and 14. He won a total of 62 tournaments including the Scottish Open in 1897 and the German Open in 1911. He also developed the ‘overlapping grip’ which became known as the Vardon Grip which is still used by 90% of golfers nowadays, however the grip was actually invented by Johnny Laidlay who was a Scottish amateur champion.
Unfortunately in later years Vardon suffered from tuberculosis which affected his game, especially his putting stroke due to nerve damage in his right hand. Many experts say that if he had not suffered this ailment then he would have certainly won more major tournaments. Because of his illness he spent more time writing books on the game and also became a course architect helping to plan numerous courses in the UK. In 1974 he was nominated to be one of the first inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
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.