Otto Hackbarth began advertising his forked hosel putters in 1910,
taking orders by mail. Chick Evans, the winner of the US Open and US
Amateur in 1916, made it famous. Evans used this club during a good
portion of his career, and with great success. Hackbarth wanted a
center-shafted putter, but to help prevent the putter from twisting when
putts were struck off center, he devised a forked hosel that would
attach at both the heel and toe.
This example is not marked on the sole, which
is inlaid with a lead weight. The head, 33" shaft, and leather
wrapped grip are all original. This is a fine example of the Hackbarth
Putter. The forks show no cracks (something commonly found with this
club) and the head shows only light use. The LH face is stamped "EG," the initials of a former owner.
TCA2: V1 p 214-215