Not only is this club a true mechanical marvel, it required a great deal work to make—far beyond that of a normal club. It shows outstanding ingenuity in its design and true craftsmanship in its construction.
Marked "Goodrich Sales Co, Chicago" and more on the back of the
blade, this iron can be adjusted to three different lofts. Just rotate
the knurled ring at the base of the hosel to raise and lower a pin
inside the hosel. This pin or "plunger" fits into any of the three
holes in the top of the blade under the hosel. The bottom of the blade
is attached by a special screw that allows the blade to pivot forward or
backward, so any of the three lofts can be selected by lining up the
corresponding hole underneath the raised pin.
Note that the accompanying images show the iron blade set to two different lofts. The two closeups of the mechanism show the pin inside the hosel extended down, like it does when it fills one of the holes in the heel of the blade. This same pin is not visible in the other closeup because it has been retracted up, inside the hosel. Again, the raising and lowering of this pin are accomplished by turning the knurled ring at the base of the hosel.
The four cutout slots in the
hosel lowered the weight of the hosel to compensate for the added weight
of the mechanism, to keep the head from being too heavy.
This club was based on a patent issued to Charles Curry of Chicago,
Illinois on January 6, 1914, and it bears this patent date. Latimer
Goodrich, who received a patent for this very club in 1918, described
it as an improvement on Curry's 1914 patent.
Mechanical clubs are among the hardest to collect, and the most amazing.
For more information, see
TCA2 V2 p452.