“Simplex” Crosshead Wood

On display in: Club & Equipment Development 1890-1914

Date: Around 1897

Patented by: Francis Brewster.

Until 1909 there were no rules governing the design of golf clubs. This changed when The Royal and Ancient Golf Club’s Rules of Golf Committee announced that there should be no “substantial departure from the traditional and accepted form and make of golf clubs”. It started a debate over what was or was not an acceptable design. In 1910, many popular clubs were banned, including all centre-shafted clubs such as this one. Golf club design continues to be a hot topic to this day. (Courtesy of the Women Golfers’ Museum.)