A superb bulldog spoon for the player who prefers a smaller compact head. This wood has been restored for play. The swing weight is D3 and the length is 41.75” (106cm).
James Forrester joined his father’s club making business in 1903. He stamped his club Forrester Jnr, Elie, Earlsferry. The stamp is still clearly visible to the crown.
The rounded sole is fitted with a full wrap around brass plate held in place by six metal screws. The black fibre sole insert and lead back weight are both securely in position. The face lines have been re cut and the socket joint has been re whipped using black waxed linen thread which has then been coated with shellac for further protection.
The head measurements are:
3” (8cm) from toe to heel through the centre of the face.
2.25” (6cm) wide across the crown.
Nearly 1.50” (4cm) deep face including the sole insert and brass plate.
The straight shaft has a good firm to stiff feel and has been fitted with a new light tan hide grip whipped with black waxed linen thread.
Born in Elie, Fife in 1847, George Forrester was to become one of finest club makers of his era gaining the respect from both professionals and players alike.
He did not set out to be a club maker having served time as a stone mason and had also spent time in America looking for work in that trade. However he eventually returned to his home town and began producing clubs in 1871 for a living. Times were difficult to begin with as both professionals and players preferred to buy their clubs from established makers but in the fullness of time they began to realize that Forrester’s clubs were a quality product and they started to support him.
Throughout his club making years he constantly brought out and patented many clubs, both woods and irons which included a Bull Dog Bulger Driver and a ‘Concentric’ iron which had additional weight behind the sweet spot.
Although his son James joined the company in 1903 his father continued to run the business until his death in 1930. Forrester’s also opened a retail shop in London.
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.
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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.