Robert Forgan Baffing spoon replica
Robert Forgan Baffing spoon replica c.1880 hand-made by Golf Classics.
This is a faithful full-size replica Baffing spoon c.1880 with a leather face insert. The leather insert was commonly added to protect the club face from damage when using the gutty ball. This was the shortest and most lofted wooden club, used for short shorts to clear obstacles and hazards. The ball was 'baffed', that is, the ground was struck just behind the ball, the club head bouncing off the ground before hitting and lifting the ball into the air.
Robert Forgan was the nephew of Hugh Philp (regarded by many as the finest long-nose clubmaker), and took over his uncles clubmaking business in 1856. He succeeded in building a thriving company, with a skilled staff of 50 by 1895. His high standard of workmanship resulted in his appointment as clubmaker to the Prince of Wales in 1863, and thereafter the Prince of Wales' crest (plumes) was stamped on all his clubs.