A fine gun metal mallet head putter by this famous maker in original condition. The length is 34” (86cm). The style is very similar to the Anderson ‘Zozo’ model. This club can be used for play or would make a great display model.
The head has numerous dint marks but this is typical for old gun metal putters because head covers were rarely used to protect club heads so the soft gun metal suffered when metal irons were thrown into the bag. His name stamp is clearly visible on the head with Leven shown below.
The head has been cleaned and lightly polished. The steel face insert is stamped with a diamond (cross-hatch) pattern.
The shaft remains straight and the grip looks to be the original one fitted but this cannot be guaranteed.
Born 1845 in Leven, Fife, Alex was taught how to make clubs by his father who was a cabinet maker by trade. He was only about 12 years old at the time but when his father passed away 1866 he took full control of the business which stayed in the family until the mid 1920’s. He died in 1932.
In 1886 he was appointed club maker to the Royal Wimbledon Club where he established another shop before returning to Leven in 1891.
He is attributed with the design of the ‘Perfector’ brassie model with a triangular fibre face insert which he patented around 1912.
His iron heads were mainly produced by James Anderson showing the Patrick ‘Spur’ cleek mark. In later years he produced an iron called the ‘Welmade’ and used a cleek mark showing a maiden carrying a bucket of water within a horseshoe with the words ‘Welmade’ shown beneath.
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.