Hello! My name is Gavin Bottrell and my business is called "Timewarp Golf" . I live in rural Warwickshire, England.
I do three main things:
1) I buy & sell old hickory golf clubs
2) I rent out old hickory golf clubs
3) I make replicas of old hickory golf clubs
More information on each of these three main activities, plus some on peripheral activities, is given below.
See me on my new YouTube Channel - Dozens of videos all about hickory golf
Hickory Golf Clubs for Sale
Over the last 20 years I have refurbished thousands of hickory golf clubs and sold them to customers all over the world. I buy & sell all types of hickory golf clubs and antique golf equipment. This can range from clubs to be be used regularly for play, to ultra rare examples that are now on display in museums and private collections.
If you're new to Hickory Golf then drop me an email and tell me what you're interested in. You might be looking to buy your first collectible piece or playing club. No matter what you;re seeking I'd be happy to help.
If you're an experienced player or collector then, again, please tell me what you're seeking. I have an extensive stock of items; the vast majority I don't openly advertise. I pride myself on building up relationships with my customers and many I have known for nearly two decades.
I do sell some playing clubs on my website here Hickory Golf Clubs For Sale
Hickory Golf Club Hire
Since 2004 I have run hickory golf events through the UK and even as far away as China.
If you are looking to hire sets of antique hickory golf clubs then have a look at my other website here Hickory Golf Hire in UK
Or simply give me a call on 07708 661 659 (UK mobile) and I can explain things very easily.
Hickory Golf (Museum Quality Replicas)
Here's some information about hickory golf.
Why is it called Hickory Golf ?
Hickory wood comes from the North American continent. In the early 1800s golf clubmakers in Scotland started using it for golf club shafts, as it has better mechanical properties than the indigenous ash wood. Up until 1929 only wood shafted clubs could be used in competitions in the United Kingdom. Within a few years metal tubular shafts meant the old hickory shaft was defunct. In the 1980s golf collectors in the USA and UK formed golf collecting societies and before long they started to wonder what playing golf was like with the clubs they'd acquired. Since then the playing of "Hickory Golf" has spread far and wide as golfers rediscover the game as it was played in times' past. To travel back in time and play golf as it was the golden era of the 1920s is a fantastic experience. Sets of the period consist of half the number of clubs compared to modern sets. This usually results in golfers taking the longer club rather than forcing a shorter one.....which, unsurprising to many, means they are normally pin high rather than short! Whilst hickory clubs are robust (after all they've survived this long) they reward players that have good rhythm rather than brute strength. And with only seven clubs making up a normal set they can be carried in a slim-line bag on the shoulder with ease.
Whether you're just dipping your toe in the waters of hickory golf, or you'rean experienced player, you'll find something for your bag, or collection on this site.
Here's what makes a typical 1920s period hickory golf set.
1. A Driver
2. A Brassie Wood (3 or 5 wood)
3. A Mid Iron (5 iron)
4. A Mashie (7 iron).
5. A Mashie-Niblick (9 iron)
6 A Niblick (Gap Wedge).
7. A Putter.
These are approximations to modern clubs are every hickory golf club is unique. Lofts and lies were adjusted by the local professional to suit their customers and golfers took pleasure in seeking out clubs with shafts that felt just right for them. In this respect modern hickory golfers will often embark on the same quest .... and no matter whether you're seeking a single hickory club, or a fully matched set, I can help. Have a browse of my shop ... and if you need the loft or lie angle altered to suit you this can be done at no extra cost. If your stature demands that you play with longer than average clubs this can also be done for you with hickories. Whatever your hickory golf requirements please don't hesitate to give me a call or drop me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.
Hickory Golf Life
Some things I love...
* The thrill of finding, restoring and bringing back to life an old hickory golf club.
* Introducing people to the pleasure of hickory golf and seeing their face when they hit a good shot with an old antique golf club.
* Seeing something to do with golf history that I've never seen before.
Contact me if you need advice on anything related to Hickory Golf