Author Box
Articles Categories
All Categories
Articles Resources

Improvements in Golf Equipment Over Time

February 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 167

Since its origins in Scotland during the fifteenth century, Golf has remained strong throughout the test of time even up to today. Beginning with simple sticks and stones, the equipment used has evolved as much, if not more so, than the players and the game itself. As improvements in technology and the mechanics of the game began to shift, the tools of the trade were improved upon to make the game not only more enjoyable, but more accessible and convenient. In the first renditions of the sport, Golfers knocked around pebbles or small stones with clubs and sticks, but as more and more people became interested, these impliments were gradually transformed into the clubs and balls we know today.

The first true man made golf balls were called "Featheries." They were simple thin bags of leather stuffed with feathers. While still a large improvement over natural rocks, these featheries did not go very far when hit and left people looking for more in the design. This led to what was called the "Gutta-Percha" ball. Capable of being hit significantly farther, these were made from the sapp of the Gutta tree and were much closer to the golf balls we know today.

In eighteen ninety-eight, the world was introduced to the first "one piece" golf ball by Coburn Haskell. These balls had a single hard core with a rubber covering and could be hit MUCH farther with skill. After William Taylor manufactured these balls with the dimpled pattern we all know in nineteen o five, they had turned into the modernized golf balls of today. Over time, improvements in golf ball design has taken them from going mere feet when struck, to reaching distances of over four hundred yards. Without these advancements, the game as we play it today would not be possible.

Improving hand in hand with the golf balls were the clubs. As golf ball design was bettered and they were able to withstand more forceful shots, golf clubs went from wooden shafts to the technologically built masterpieces golfers now carry. Differently weighted designs and materials were tried and tested to find just the right balance that would make a golf club hit the ball a maximum distance while still keeping its accuracy pinpoint. Eventually club faces and angles were matched to the point where a golfer with a good set of clubs could have a way out of any potentially damaging shot they may have gotten themselves into.

Along with technique, skill, and publicity, the path golf equipment has taken has been a sharp one for the better. Today we can find Golf everywhere we look. Whether on tv, our game systems, our magazine racks, our bookshelves, our email inboxes or our favorite radio stations. It is easy to get lost in the great game of today. We should, however, take the time to look back on where it all started, and how the golf equipment we take for granted has made Golf what it is: and that is a sport that we love.

For more information on everything Golf related, head on over to

Source: EzineArticles
Was this Helpful ?

Rate this Article

Article Tags:



Golf Equipment


Golf Clubs


Golf Balls


Golf History


Golf Ball Design


Golf Club Design

LED boat trailer lights are designed to offer high-power output and low-power consumption for ultra-bright and reliable illumination; they are sealed to resist UV-radiation, corrosion, and water

By: Simon Liva l Recreation & Sports > Boating l December 12, 2012 lViews: 274

All these scooters are highly durable as they have been made using qualitative materials. They are ideal for extreme tricks, jumps and stunts for youngsters and are extremely light in weight. All

By: Simon Liva l Recreation & Sports > Extreme l November 24, 2012 lViews: 413

The interest in BMXing has grown massively over the past few years. With BMX hitting its peak in the 80's with freestyle riders, the sport has never looked back. Even more impressively BMX racing is

By: Alan Trotter l Recreation & Sports > Cycling l October 24, 2012 lViews: 452

Mountain biking has grown vastly over the years from simple, open entry competitions to global world cup and olympic events. There are still local enthusiasts and the sport has a dedicated following.

By: Philip Loughran l Recreation & Sports > Mountain Biking l July 10, 2012 lViews: 248

It's unfortunate but true that although summer holidays such as the 4th of July and Labor Day offer some of the best opportunities for families to get out and enjoy some quality time together, with

By: Dexter Luck l Recreation & Sports > Boating l July 10, 2012 lViews: 585

The term "Klunker" that for years became synonymous with heavy, clumsy machines, was actually the model of bike made by the Schwinn company that had something to do with the origins of freestyle

By: John D Meyers l Recreation & Sports > Mountain Biking l July 10, 2012 lViews: 270

Every golfer knows that there are games when they are just mucking around when they can take a "mulligan" and be alright.  A mulligan is a shot that was not intended and so the shot does not count

By: Lisa A Masonl Recreation & Sports > Golfl April 17, 2012 lViews: 180

With various markets falling victim to the sluggishly recovering economy, the golf course industry is no exception, particularly in Orlando, Florida. Orlando is well known for an abundance of public

By: Jeff A Stoutl Recreation & Sports > Golfl April 15, 2012 lViews: 164

Researching golf grip tips to fix your golf swing is a very wise decision. Since your hands are your only contact with the club, it definitely affects the flight of your ball. Whether you hit a slice

By: Mike Pedersenl Recreation & Sports > Golfl April 15, 2012 lViews: 157

All golfers want to improve their golf games, and fast! Of course, it's not enough to just warm up before a round. One must make a conscious effort to practice, and to practice with purpose. Here are

By: Jeff Toomeyl Recreation & Sports > Golfl April 14, 2012 lViews: 190

Trying to impart backspin on a golf ball is something all golfers would like to do, but few can. It requires a pure strike on the ball, reasonable club head speed, and a knowledge of what you are

By: Sean O'Kellyl Recreation & Sports > Golfl April 14, 2012 lViews: 156

If you are looking to derive enhanced pleasure from your golf courses and want to make the rounds quicker, SkyCaddie will prove to be an excellent device. This compact handheld devise from Sky Golf

By: Darneil Saxanl Recreation & Sports > Golfl April 13, 2012 lViews: 185