Hackbarth putters were made with either a lead or copper insert inlaid in the sole. This example has the copper insert. Otto Hackbarth, a club professional from St. Louis who covered his club under a 1901 patent issued to Isaac Palmer, began to advertise his putter in 1910. Otto Hackbarth stated that the split hosel kept the club head from turning when
striking the ball and thus provided more accurate putting. The best
endorsement for this club came when Chick Evans, who won both the US Open and Amateur in 1916, used it
with great success. These clubs originally sold through the mail for
three dollars, a far cry from the prices they have fetched in recent years. Hackbarth putters are highly visual and distinctive. They make a great addition to any club collection.
Because these putters are made primarily from aluminum they were easy to dent and ding. This example, however is in excellent condition, well above average, and the shaft and grip are original. Both lengths of the fork are solid—with no cracks as is sometimes found on other examples.