Isaac Mackie sought to overcome the perceived weakness of both socket
and splice neck woods by combining a socket and splice neck into a
As designed by Mackie, the club offered here is made from three
separate pieces of wood: the head and a two-piece shaft. The two-piece
shaft consists of a full length piece and an intermediate piece. The
full-length piece splices onto the back of both the neck and the upper
part of the intermediate piece. The bottom part of the intermediate
piece sockets into the head.
The beautiful workmanship that combined the two pieces of the shaft
the splice between those two pieces difficult to see, but it is
definitely visible upon close inspection. Five sections of whipping
help hold the two pieces together.
Mackie received a US patent dated June 2, 1914, that covered his
club. He believed his unique design would combine the distance provided
by socket neck drivers with the accuracy provided by splice neck
The brassie offered, marked RNM on the full brass sole along with its patent date
and "Pat Applied For" to reference the 4-way backweight, was produced by
Spalding in 1922. The crown is stamped with owner's initials "B.R.R."
Made for a junior golfer, this club has its original 39" shaft, leather grip, and fiber insert that covers the bottom half of the face. The original finish is still very nice and the neck whipping has been replaced in period style. For more on
this club, see TCA2
volume 1 page 168.