A rare and highly collectable Walter Hagen Sand Wedge with a concave (dished) smooth face and a large wide flange on the sole. This club is in total original condition and could still be used for play. This powerful sand wedge has a swing weight of F1 and the length is 33.75” (86cm).
Walter Hagen, one of the most famous golf champions to grace the game on both sides of the Atlantic teamed up in 1926 with his friend L.A. Young who owned a wire and steel making company to make golf clubs. The firm produced many ranges bearing the name Walter Hagen, but the most famous is the concave sand wedge patented by Edwin McClain. It was the first production club to have a flange sole and was the fore runner to the modern day sand wedge. Walter Hagen signature is stamped to the sole with the triangle cleekmark used by L.A. Young. Also the patent number 1695598 is stamped to the head.
As stated above this iron has not been restored but remains in very good condition. There are numerous scratch marks to the head (see various images) but these are only on the surface. The width of the flange is 1.75" (4cm).
The straight shaft retains the original dark leather grip which has numerous slight wear marks.
Walter Charles Hagen was born in Rochester, New York in 1892 from German decent. His father was a millwright and blacksmith working for the Rochester railroad-car shops. He had 4 sisters.
He learnt how to play golf at the Country Club of Rochester where he was first of all a caddie from around 12 years of age earning money to help support his family. By the time he was 15 he was an expert golfer and was hired by the club to work in the pro shop giving lessons to their members. He turned professional in 1912 and made his debut in the Canadian Open taking 11th place. He also excelled at baseball as a pitcher and was offered a trial by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1914 but instead he went to play in a golf tournament and later that week won the US Open Championship which changed his life.
In 1918 he became the first club professional at the Oaklands Hills Country Club in Michigan. After one year he decided to become the first touring professional unaffiliated with a club and was the only professional to hold this status for number of years. Besides playing in major tournaments he also enjoyed playing in many exhibition matches and was handsomely paid for doing so. He was well known for being a classy dresser on and off the course wearing expensive tailored clothes often in bright colours.
He won many tournaments including the Open Championship four times, the US Open twice, 45 PGA Tour events and numerous other major events both in Europe and across the United States. He worked tirelessly to promote golf for the professional players and left a lasting legacy when he died in Traverse City, Michigan in 1969.
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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.