Lot # 204: R. Forgan Max-Mo Putter, ex FX Fry

Starting Bid: $75.00

Bids: 11 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Spring 2021",
which ran from 3/3/2021 12:00 PM to
3/20/2021 8:00 PM

Forgan's Maxmo putter was first offered in 1928 and built for "Maximum-Momentum"!  It was designed to redirect a ball mis-hit on either the toe or heel back towards the hole—and to give the otherwise mis-hit (and therefore) weak putt more momentum than it would otherwise have had.  To accomplish these things, the clubface was designed to have a concave curve heel to toe and lead weights would be placed under the brass plate on the heel and toe of the sole.  In theory, a ball struck on the toe of a RH putter would be redirected a touch to the left to correct for what would normally be a miss to the right of the hole. The lead weight under the toe would add back the distance lost with such a mis-hit.  Again, that was the theory. For more on the Maxmo putter, see TCA2 v1 p303

On this particular Max-Mo putter, the face is just a tiny bit concave in the center. The brass soleplates and lead weights underneath are present at the toe and heel.  The sole is stamped "R Forgan, St. Andrews, Pat Apld For, Made in Scotland"  The shaft and grip are original. The club is in outstanding original condition, and does not show much wear.

This putter is from the historic Fred X Fry collection and bears his inventory label on the shaft.  Fry, the dean of American golf club collectors, was busy building his collection forty years before the Golf Collectors Society (now The Golf Heritage Society) was formed in 1970. Collecting with great passion, Fry amassed approximately 450 clubs, mostly putters. He cataloged, displayed, and cherished his treasures. A Copy of Fry's inventory page is included witht his lot.  A number of national magazines ran articles about his collection of putters between 1936 and 1963. For more on Fry and to view some of the articles, Click Here.


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