Lot # 159: Adjustable Grip Putter - Sterling W. Dawson

Starting Bid: $100.00

Bids: 5 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Summer 2021",
which ran from 7/7/2021 12:00 PM to
7/24/2021 8:00 PM

This novel adjustable grip putter was patented by Sterling Dawson in 1927 and is constructed with with three basic parts: a wood shaft, an aluminum tube covering the grip end of the 37" shaft, and a hard rubber or celluloid sleeve covering most of the aluminum tube. The design was such that the sleeve could move up or down on the shaft to various flat "finger grip" areas, (depending on the length of putt), and the grip could be held in a way (by fitting the notches between the index and middle finger of the LH) that allowed the back of the left hand to stay aligned to the hole while giving the right hand control of the stroke.

Dawson, believing in his grip method, notes in his patent: "I have found that when the shaft of a putter is gripped by a player in the manner just mentioned, excellent results can be secured, as is attested by the fact that some of the leading professional and amateur golfers have adopted this manner of gripping in their putting."

The adjustable nature of the grip on this particular lot can't be tested, as whipping along the bottom of the celluloid sleeve is currently holding it securely into its top position. It's possible that an owner long ago did not want to adjust the length of the sleeve so he or she whipped the base of it to secure it in place.

The brass head has a beautiful "sun-like" design on the face, and is stamped "Dawson Golf Co / Chicago" on the sole.

Very few of these remain.

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