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The “Vardon”

The “Vardon”

The "Vardon" Flyer was introduced in 1899 by Spalding, made of the “finest gutta” and played by Harry Vardon in several major championship wins, including the 1900 US Open.  It was claimed to have improved length over the line cut gutta models. Although the gutta ball was soon to be replaced by the rubber wound ball, the bramble cover pattern would continue for ten more years. We offer it in three different Variants:  

Gutta Percha Version

The Vardon is made from pure synthetic gutta percha.  This ball is NOT typically a play ball unless you have leather inserts on your woods.

Ball Size: 1.68 in
Ball Weight: 24.5 dwt
Historical Period: c. 1898-1905

Limited Flight (Not Gutta) Version

The Vardon limited flight ball is a gutta replacement ball approved in most gutty era events. Please check with the tournament director or application.

Modern Ball Version

The Vardon modern ball is made by remolding a modern USGA approved ball using a bramble style mold. It is fully playable with both modern and hickory clubs. It is approved for all SoHG golf tournaments. Ben Hollerbach used this ball to win the 2016 World Hickory Match Play.

Interested in customizing one of these balls with a company logo or a personal mark? See our Customization Page for more details.


Ball Size:

1.68 in

Ball Weight:

24.5 dwt gutta, 28 dwt modern

Historical Period:

c. 1898-1905

The Vardon - 3 Ball Sleeve
  • The Vardon - 3 Ball Sleeve
    3 Ball Sleeve
  • The Vardon - Bramble Gutta Percha
    Bramble Gutta Percha
  • The Vardon - 12-Ball Clamshell
    12-Ball Clamshell
  • The Vardon - 12-Ball Gift Box
    12-Ball Gift Box