History of Golf

Golf originates from a game played on the coast of Scotland during the 15th century. At that time players would hit a pebble instead of a ball around the sand dunes using a stick or club. You may also be interested in the history of the golf ball and golf clubs.

Here are some key moments in the history of the game of golf.

1618 - The feather golf ball or 'Featherie' was introduced

1848 - The gutta-percha golf ball was invented

1880s - Golf bags first came into use

1898 - Coburn Haskell introduced the one-piece rubber cored ball

1905 - The first time a dimple pattern was applied to a golf ball

1908 - club head made with grooves for more backspin

about 1925 - Steel golf club shafts were introduced in the US


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1939 - the maximum of 14 clubs in a bag rule was introduced

1951 - the center shafted putter, was legalized

about 1962 - The first powered golf car appeared, invented by Merlin L. Halvorson.

1963 - The casting method of manufacturing clubs heads was introduced

1972 - Spalding introduced the first two piece ball, the Executive.

1973 - the graphite shaft was introduced

1991 - Big Bertha oversized wood which was introduced


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