Lot # 24: Actual TCA2 Club, Gilbert Lewis? RH Roller Grip on Hutchison Splice Driver

Starting Bid: $400.00

Bids: 10 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Fall 2020",
which ran from 11/4/2020 12:00 PM to
11/21/2020 8:00 PM

Gilbert Lewis received a patent for a revolving right-hand grip similar to the one on this Hutchison driver. Lewis called for an revolving sleeve of aluminum covered with whipping.

The revolving grip for the right hand on this club consists of a leather-wrapped rotating cylinder over a steel tube. This steel tube extends upward through the wooden grip which is formed to fit the golfers left hand. The open end of the tube is visible at the top of the grip.  This hollow tube connects with the wood shaft, which runs up inside it a short distance.  

The whole point of this grip is to neutralize the right hand.  If the golfer gives the club too much right hand at impact, which would typically close the the clubface cause a hook, the cylinder rotates but not the shaft underneath it. Only the left hand holding onto the wood block stays "connected" to the shaft. 

The splice-neck driver, itself, is in wonderful original condition.  Hutchison is stamped on the crown. James Hutchison of North Berwick was one of the finest clubmakers in the 1890s.

This is the very club shown in TCA2 v2 p508.  It is still in working condition and is the only one of its kind known to the auctioneer.  For more about this club, see The Clubmakers Art 2nd Edition volume and page as previously referenced.   A signed copy of this page will be included with the club.

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