A fine example of a swing practice aid in original condition. This club is used to help tone muscles before you go to the course for a game of golf. It is also a very useful item to help keep your swing in check during the winter months when your hickory clubs are probably stored away. The length is 25” (64cm).
The head is stamped Spalding with the model name Golfex beneath. The letter H is stamped above the maker’s name.
There are 12 lead weights spread around the sole, plus two added to the face. These weights give the head a heavy feeling.
The large head measures:
4” (10cm) from toe to heel through the centre of the face.
3” (8cm) wide across the crown.
1.50” (4cm) deep face including the sole insert.
The straight shaft retains the original black leather grip tightly bound with linen whipping 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.