A superb 40 degree rustless mashie restored for play. The swing weight is D4 and the length measures 36.25” (92cm).
The head is clearly stamped Ben Sayers, North Berwick with his ‘robin’ cleekmark alongside. Other stamps are Rustless Target Mashie, Made in Scotland, Hand Forged. The number 7 is stamped on the sole meaning that this iron was probably made for set.
The head has been cleaned, polished, and the bottom edge re cut to remove old stone dint marks. The face is stamped with a dot punched pattern incorporating a ‘target’ circle in the centre.
The straight shaft has been fitted with a new light tan hide grip whipped with black waxed linen thread.
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 snr died in 1924.
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.