A superb, rare and very attractive putter with the main feature being the 7.25” (18cm) long slender hosel. The club has been restored for play or will make a fine display item. The club measures 33.50 (85cm).
William George Oke was born in Norham, Devon in 1892. He became the professional-club maker at Honor Oak & Forest Hill G.C from 1914-20 before moving to Fulwell G.C. in 1921-32 where this club was made. His cleekmark was an Oak tree and he registered the name Oak Brand golf clubs as a trademark in 1923. The head is stamped with his name, the cleekmark and his registration number 680298. There is also a number 2 stamped at the toe end.
The length of the blade is 4” (10cm) from the toe to the heel and the width of the sole is approximately ½”. The face is stamped with a dot punched pattern. The top edge has an aiming groove to help line up the put. The head has been cleaned, polished and the bottom edge re cut to remove old dint marks.
The straight shaft has been fitted with an old period brown leather grip from the 1920’s whipped with black waxed linen thread which has been treated with shellac for added protection.
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.