New -- Social Golfer Combinations
Used for Golf -- golf balls and golf clubs from the days of Bobby Jones to
By Bob Usherwood
Equipment used for golf has evolved like most technology, in
that it has improved, but the advancements is golf have been extremely linear.
In other words - slow and gradual. Yes, there have big changes made to the approach
at the design stage of golf clubs in the 1980's, but over all, the equipment
used for golf has stayed a steady course. The popularity of the game however,
has spiked a few times in the last century
One of the earliest problems that confronted the pioneers of
golf is the difficult task of creating a golf ball that was user friendly and
easy to make. The very first golf ball bashed around Scotland was a wooden ball.
At the best they could maybe get 80-90 yards distance. I'm talking a perfect
stroke, on a perfect day and the wind on your back. They put their heads together
regarding the equipment they used for golf and the conversation went something
"I ya say,
we had better be thinking of a way to construct these horrid little bastards
balls, or that English swine will-a-be comin' up here and beatin' us at ha-war
While these fine
gentlemen discussed their golf equipment problems over a pint or 6, a keen
fella figured he had the answer. He decided that since birds can fly so well
with their light feathers, he would pack up a tight ball and wrap/sew it
a few hundred ducks later they had a new golf ball that they could
hit over one hundred and 30 yards. Well this guy was a real innovator
in his time, but the golf balls took
a long time to make, and if you played alot of goat pastures with slice
swing, you would bespending
the whole week "making" more golf balls.
At this stage,
equipment used for golf was now a hobbie of passion. Making golf balls
to fly fishing of modern times. Each golfer would craft these personal beauties
and proudly whip them out on the weekend to show the rest of the foursome.
does'nt sound good does it) Anyways, the point being that equipment used
for golf in these days was a local village art. Soon after this our humble
grew tired of making golf balls all the time, (and their wifes were fed
up) so they tried packing dried tree sap for the core and wrapping them in
covers. Messy yes.....but I like to. Then they discovered something amazing.
They noticed that golf balls that were scuffed up would fly further and
handle better on the green. This led to them creating wee little craters
the golf ball. What we now call "dimples". Bizarre huh!
the other equipment for golf they needed to improve upon was their golf
clubs. They had wooden shafts of course and leather grips, and the art
of keeping their golf clubs dry was always a critical concern. Once again,
each local community had craftsmen that could make fairly crude shafts
and grips, but the club heads were awful. The industrial revolution fixed
that in a big way. Equipment
used for golf changed at this time faster then ever before in history.
We think the internet has changed our lives, but nothing as powerful
as the industrial
Soon the art
of metal forging changed the equipment use for golf 100 fold. These new
heads were far superior, and so were the new wooden golf club shaft. The grips
were still made with a leather wrapping design. As the decades past until
early nineteen hundreds golfers were quickly improving their game in drastic
measure. Along with this, golf courses were now becoming manicured so well,
the fairways and greens were bordering breathtaking. Very rough by todays standards,
but the equipment used for building golf course was improving by leaps and
The sport of golf soon began growing in every free society on the planet.
As golf equipment,
golf courses and golfers, improved through the early nineteen hundreds so did
the celebration of organized competition. Arguably the best golfer to gain massive
exposure world wide, was the famous Bobby Jones. Though golf equipment was still
somewhat crude compared with todays standards, Bobby Jones was pure magic in
his time. He was said to be unbeatable for a period of three years. He did'nt
have the endorsments and financial gain from golf equipment manufacturers like
the golf pros now, but he had "the gift and the fame".
It did not take
long before this would change forever. As decades went on golf equipment
improve with the onset of steel shaft golf
engineer designed golf balls. Soon there was a coasting period in the improvement
of equipment, the growth of the golf industry was still
Then along came golfers like Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer (I know....I know....I'm
leaving a lot of great players, but this will do for my point) As golf equipment
companies began pursuing ways to market their products with the general public,
they paid golf pros to "endorse" their golf balls, golf shoes,
golf bags, etc. This strategy, of course, paid off, and a new world in golf
Soon amateur golfers rushed in droves to buy golf clubs that had Arnold Palmer
and Jack Nicklaus logos and signatures.
The massive amount
of profit these golf equipment companies started to make pumped up their design
and manufacturing budgets. By the time the 1970s came along, there was a new
golf shaft coming out. The first graphite golf club shafts became all the rage,
due to their amazing flex characteristics and their light weight. All sorts
of scientific golf equipment also started creeping into the market by this time.
By the early 1980s a new company was on the horizon, now know as Callaway golf.
Their user friendly golf clubs made a huge impact on the market and soon their
clubs became a mainstay in America. I will go into further detail regarding
the history of Callaway golf in my next article.
Now, in the new
century, golf is actually growing in popularity beyond what anyone could
imagined. Thanx to the icon status of Tiger Woods, a whole new generation has
been exposed to golf like never before. Along with this, many major retailers
have leaped in to the fray selling golf equipment. A perfect example is the
Nike brand. Their growth in golf gear has hit the market like a bomb, leaving
the classics like Ping, Wilson, and Titleist scrambling to maintain their
shrinking market share. I don't believe for a minute these golf equipment companies
are going to dry up and blow anytime soon. On the contrary, their future
bright as well. They have embraced the new world, online shopping paradigm,
and will be around long after you and I have gone to that 19th hole in the
Learn more about new golf technology including
how to select a new Driver with the goal of hitting the ball farther. A new
Driver can definitely give
you the added distance that you need, especially on mishits. Learn what you
need to select the longest golf ball on the market.
Thank you for
visiting this fine golf site and I hope you are having a great season on
fairways, in your city, state, county, or country. It's always a pleasure writing
these quick golf articles, especially regarding some of golf's history.
enjoy sharing some info with the readers of Probable
Golf Instruction and I highly recommend bookmarking their
As my dear grandfather
use to say when he taught me the game........keep your eye on the ball!
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