T. Stewart 'Fairlies' Anti-shank Niblick c.1920
Club: Concave-faced Niblick
Maker: Tom Stewart, St. Andrews, Scotland
Shaft: Original firm shaft. Vintage 13.5" grip. Swing weight D-9 to E-0.
Condition: Very good. Clear makers' stamp.
Other details: A punched face 'Fairlies' Anti-shank Niblick made by T. Stewart, St. Andrews for Fred Whiting, Royal St. George's Golf Club, Sandwich (1914-1932). Loft 50 degrees.
This anti-shank Niblick was patented by the amateur golfer Francis E. Fairlie in 1891, and manufactured by Tom Stewart, St. Andrews, Scotland.
Its striking feature is the front edge of the club head being forward of the hosel, and was one of a number of ingenious designs that were developed at the turn of the century, to overcome the problem of ‘shanking’ (‘socketing’), where the ball makes contact with the hosel on a poorly hit shots.