A rare centre shafted style putter in original condition. This interesting putter would make a superb display model or a wonderful gift (birthday or retirement) for the golf enthusiast. It could even still be used for play. The length is 33” (84cm).
The model name ‘The Travis’ remains visible stamped to the crown of the head in gold lettering. The words ‘Made only by Slazenger’ are stamped above the lead back weight. The thick brass face plate adds considerable weight to the head.
The images show a split around part of the bottom of the neck. This is only a surface spit, the head remains tightly fitted to the straight shaft.
Slazenger & Sons, London.
Originally in the India rubber trade, Slazenger began selling sporting goods in 1881. By 1890 they had ventured into the golf business and had their branded clubs produced privately for them as well as acting as agents for some of the renowned club makers of that period and by the end of the 1890’s they were trading with makers such as Tom Stewart and Robert Condie.
They also began trading in America by opening a retail golf shop in New York and this business is still in operation today producing golf equipment albeit the company is now part of the Dunlop organisation.
Their cleekmark used on irons produced in the UK was initially a six pointed star in the mid 1890’s. A smaller version of this mark can also be found on clubs produced in both New York and London well into the 1920’s.
Another mark registered in 1907 was the Maltese Cross originally used on their golf balls but also appears on some of their iron models.
Many irons produced in the UK during the 1920’s are stamped with a Swallow inside a circle with the words Tru Flite.
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.