Rare Q2 Swilken golf clubs made from original QE2 bronze propellor
Made from the propellors from launch 1968 and created after the 1986-7 rebuild when the original propellors were replaced.
LIMITED EDITION No 0326 from worldwide issue of only 7500 made
Includes certification and The Q2 Portfolio
By the Sandhill Swilken Corporation (U.K.) Ltd
The Q2 set of golf clubs comprises of:
3 woods (No’s 1.3.5)
9 irons (No3 through sand iron) and a putter
The wood are all made from specially selected Persimmon.
The irons and putter have all been cast from the original propellor.
These clubs are all brand new and were unpacked and repacked after being photographed for this article.
Original wooden crate with Q2 logo and foam packaging included
The Q2 portfolio which accompanies the clubs give greater detail regarding the individual club and its manufacture.
The Q2 limited edition golf club issue is an unrivalled opportunity to invest in a unique marriage of history, tradition and craftsmanship.
Each club is cast in magnificent marine bronze alloy from the original propellors of the greatest ocean liner ever built, Queen Elizabeth 2
Each club is fashioned with consummate care, skill and patience at the home of golf by Swilken of St Andrews.
The original propellors were made of an extraordinary marine bronze alloy known as Superston 70* which not only has tremendous strength but which is also extremely beautiful lustre like platinum tinged with gold.
Given the great strength and beauty of the propellors, each of which weighs 32.5tons, and given their unique heritage and history is was vitally important that they be used for a fitting purpose.
Sandhill (Bullion) Ltd, the Yorkshire precious metal company, approached Cunard in New York with a proposal to purchase a pair of propellors that were originally the driving force behind the great ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2.
A successful transaction was negotiated, and so began the Q2 project.
Sandhill purchased the propellors with the intention of creating a strictly limited edition of superb golf clubs which would not only be splendid clubs in themselves but which would stand as lasting and valuable momentous of Queen Elizabeth 2 and as living reminders of the skills and labours of the Clydeside ship-workers who dedicated themselves to building the world’s greatest ocean liner.
The project had an indisputable logic
The natural beauty of this particular and highly specialised marine bronze had all the properties required of great golf clubs. What’s more, the propellors would return to Scotland which was not only the birthplace of Queen Elizabeth 2 but also the birthplace of golf.
To take the mighty propellors which had carved swathes through the oceans of the world and to transform them into unique golf clubs for the fairways of the world made perfect sense.
All that remained was for Sandhill to find a Scottish golf club maker who could do the mighty propellors justice.
After careful consideration and research, Sandhill approached Swilken of St. Andrews, a highly regarded company having all the qualities and expertise to produce a limited edition of golf clubs from the original propellors of Queen Elizabeth 2.
Swilken was only concerned that the clubs should be of a quality that would satisfy the demands of the most skilled and exacting golfers. Nothing else would be nearly good enough.
Exhaustive test were carried out to ensure that the metal would be perfectly suited for being fashioned into the highest quality golf clubs.
Swilken has won the reputation for making some of the very best golf clubs in the world. Like the Cunard Line the company employs only the finest materials, expertise and craftsmen as well as the most up-to-date technology to create clubs which are a joy to behold, perfect to handle and a pleasure to play with.
After the separation of the propellor blades from the boss by use of thermic lance, which cuts the metal at a temperature of 2800 degrees C, the metal was converted into ingots for transportation to the Swilken Foundry at St. Andrews.
Designers and golf master craftsmen laboured long and hard to perfect a design, a look, a finish and a feel that combined the best of the old fashioned club making skills with the latest golfing technology.
The result is the limited edition of Q2 clubs which combine extraordinarily beautiful looks and remarkable handling with a unique heritage and history. A heritage and history that embraces Scotlands’s greatest industry, the world’s greatest ocean liner and Scotland’s greatest sport.
Great golf clubs are a perfect combination of design, feeling and engineering. The whole is far greater than the sum of the parts, and a great clue combines elegance , efficiency and effortless performance.
The design take very careful account of the various materials used, and their weighting characteristics to ensure that each club’s easy to use, beautiful in appearance and an inspiration to the player when he addresses the ball.
The feeling of the club is of crucial importance. To achieve complete consistency of feeling there must be a perfect marriage between the flex off the shaft, the weight of the head and the cushioning of the grip.
The feeling of the club is not easy to achieve, which is why the swing index system is used. The swing index system takes into account the static and dynamic characteristics of the whole club and combines them with swing geometry to achieve the perfect matched set.
Good engineering is essential to ensure the highest possible consistency and quality control in production. Good engineering is the key to good production after the design has been perfected.
By combining unique materials with excellent design, skilled craftsmanship, proven engineering theories and know geometric and ezgononomic characteristics, Q2 golf clubs, set a standard in golfing excellence demanded by the most discerning golfers.