A beautiful example of the Spalding RTJ (Robert Trent Jones) ‘Calamity Jane’ Kro-Flite Putter. Fully restored including three bands of whipping around the shaft as originally fitted. The length is 33.50” (85cm).
The head has very clear markings to include the makers name and model name. The sole is stamped ‘Made in USA’.
The head has been cleaned & polished and the leading edge re cut to remove old dint marks.
The blade measures 4” (10cm) from toe to heel.
The depth of the face is between ½” to ¾” at the centre.
The sole is between ½” to ¾” wide.
The length of the hosel is 4” (10cm).
The straight shaft has been fitted with a new beige hide grip whipped with black waxed linen thread.
A.G. Spalding & Bros were founded in 1876 by Albert Spalding who was a baseball player and managed the Chicago White Stockings. Spalding’s were known for their baseballs and basketballs before branching into the manufacture of golf clubs in America during the mid 1890’s. They arrived in Britain at the turn of the century spending large amounts of money on both opening retail outlets throughout the country and two manufacturing plants around 1905 , firstly in London followed by Dysart, Fife, Scotland. The retail shops sold general sports goods including tennis and exercise equipment.
Many iron heads showing the ‘hammer’ cleek mark and stamped ‘hammer forged’ were produced at the London factory and sold to professionals throughout the country for club making. Heads produced at the Dysart factory are stamped with the ‘tong’ cleek mark and another mark often used is the ‘anvil’.
Spalding’s are also famous for their golf balls. In 1898 they signed a contract with Harry Vardon the British Open Champion to endorse their gutta percha ball called the ‘Vardon Flyer’. It paid off because in 1900 he won the US Open and then toured the country promoting the ball. However the success was short lived because the rubber wound ball was gaining popularity. They went to develop numerous well known balls such as The Gold Medal, The Wizard and their Top Flite brand.
They enjoyed great success with their Kro-Flite matching irons and woods in the late 1920’s producing vast quantities as well as other models such as the Thistle,Dundee, and Firebrand.
Robert T. Jones
Robert Tyre Jones (known as Bobby Jones) was born on 17th March 1902 in Georgia, Atlanta, USA. He became a lawyer by profession but also excelled as an amateur golfer becoming world famous and one of the most influential players in the history of the game winning many major tournaments and after retiring in 1930 he founded and helped design the famous Augusta National Golf Club. He was often confused with the famous golf course designer Robert Trent Jones so when they finally met each other they agreed that Robert Jones the golfer would be referred to as ‘Bobby’ and Robert Trent Jones would be referred to as ‘Trent’.
During his playing years from 1916 to 1930 his most successful years were 1923 to 1930 when he won the US Open four times and The Open Championship three times and was the US Amateur Champion five times and the British Amateur Champion in 1930.
As a young boy he suffered with his health and it was suggested that he should take up golf to help strengthen him. He quickly came to love the game and won his first tournament at the age of six at his home course the East Lake Golf Club. His first coach was Stewart Maiden (from Carnoustie, Scotland) who was the professional at the East Lake Golf Club. He qualified for his first US Open at the age of 18 when he was paired with the already famous British Open Champion Harry Vardon. He went on to become the only player ever to win the (pre Masters) Grand Slam when in 1930 he won the British Amateur Championship, The Open, The US Open and the US Amateur Championship.
He was also known for his sportsmanship on the course advising other players if by accident he had broken a rule which sometimes cost him the game. He had a fond relationship with the Old Course at St. Andrews where he played many times with success.
He died on 18th December 1971 at the age of 69 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. and was entered into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974.
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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.