It was widely acknowledged that Bob Simpson’s clubs were the new “pattern” welcomed universally by playing golfers. In the manufacture of iron clubs Bob Simpson claimed he had done golfers a service through the patents that bear his name and many commentators agreed with this claim. The story of Bob’s inventions and the contribution they made to the fast developing golf industry will be told elsewhere. Suffice to say he was a most prodigious inventor and designer and it has often been said there were few games of golf played by two or more golfers anywhere in Scotland that did not have at least one Simpsons club in the bag. one wonders how the players of today would fare in the Open playing with a Simpson's club.
An article in the April issue of “Overseas Golfing” it was reported that when “he was then but an unknown stripling (youth) , who, although he had to make his way in the world was not at all alarmed at the prospect……. The business grew and grew until it became what it is today one of the largest club making concerns in Scotland. Players of high repute patronise Simpsons and ultimately the famous Carnoustie firm acquired a reputation overseas. Their overseas trade at the present time being a very large item”.
The article goes on to mention that even, at that time, where some countries protected their home markets by charging extra import duties, many customers were willing to pay the price because they regarded the Simpsons clubs “as things of beauty to enjoy for – well nearly for ever”
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