Braid was a long hitter, one who suddenly found much increased distance overnight. He was described as hitting 'with divine fury' and if he was sometimes erratic he was also blessed with tremendous powers of recovery, particularly from bunkers. Early in his career, his putting was suspect when he used a cleek. It was transformed when he took to a Mills aluminium-headed club which was successfully marketed in later years as the Braid-Mills.
He became professional at Romford in 1896 and in 1904 moved to newly opened Walton Heath where he remained for the rest of his life. He was also in great demand as a golf architect and designed or reshaped hundreds of courses, mainly in England and Scotland, including the King's and Queen's courses at Gleneagle. Braid, was also responsible for the reshaping of the bunkers on the 4th and 10th holes at Prestwick for the 1908 Open Championship, which he went on the win.
Open Champions at Prestwick
Extract taken from "British Open Champions" by Michael Hobbs 1991.