A superb deep face bulldog spoon restored for play. The swing weight is D1 and the length is 41” (104cm). A great wood for lifting the ball from bad/deep positions.
M.J. Walker was the son of Tom Walker who worked for Tom Morris in St. Andrews. M.J. Walker also served his apprenticeship at the Tom Morris workshop before moving to the Edinburgh Burgess Society Club, Barnton in 1903and then in 1904 he went to work for Peter McEwan in Southport where he learnt the skill of producing high quality clubs. He then joined Barnton-on-Sea in Hampshire in 1905 before joining the Royal St. David’s Golf Club, Harlech in 1907 where he stayed until 1924 before finally moving to the North Worcestershire Golf Club in 1925 to 1932. His name is still clearly visible stamped within the strike band across the mid stained persimmon head.
The large head is fitted with a full brass sole plate held in position by six metal screws. The black fibre face insert wraps around under the rounded bottom edge to also act as the sole insert. The face insert is held in place by eight wooden plugs. The lead back weight is firmly in position. The face lines have been re cut and the socket joint has been re whipped with black waxed linen thread.
The head measurements are:
Nearly 3.50” (9cm) from toe to heel through the centre of the face.
2.50” (6cm) wide.
1.50” (4cm) deep face including the sole insert and 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 lined thread.
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.