One cannot play golf without owning or borrowing several pieces of golf clubs. It is a piece of sporting equipment, which has a shaft and a head, used in hitting a golf ball (to shoot it into holes). Even the sport itself started because of sticks, clubs, canes, or any other similar looking objects being used to hit balls or stones into holes.
Several documentations were made on the first occasion where golf clubs were used. Back then, sticks with other purposes and ornaments were used to hit balls or stones. It was noticed before that a group of sheepherders near St. Andrews, Scotland used their wooden staffs to hit stones to go into the rabbit holes. Because of their boredom while watching sheep for hours and hours, they became experts in hitting the stones into the rabbit holes.
There are different documentations in different countries about ancient people who used sticks to hit balls into holes, but those in Scotland were recognized to have invented the game, golf, in the 1400s. From 960 to 1279 during the Song Dynasty, chuiwan was played in China by the imperial family. Chuiwan was a game wherein balls were hit to go into holes using a set of 10 clubs (with jewels on their different parts).
Even though the documented start of the game was in 1400s, the first well documented club set was made in 1603. This first set of golf clubs were made specifically for the king of Scotland by William Mayne, the primary bow maker of King James VI of Scotland. You can find several of the old and first clubs made in the Royal and Ancient Club’s museum in St. Andrews. The first clubs and its parts were made of different kinds and species of wood. The first materials that were used in making the shaft were ash or hazel wood because these were softer and more flexible compared to the species of wood that were used for making the head. The hardwood that were first used in making the heads are oak, cherry, beech and apple wood. These clubs were called the “Hickory Golf Clubs.”
Robert Forgan from Scotland changed the construction and materials used in making the clubs by using American hickory for the shaft instead of the previously used ash or hazel wood. The American hickory was exported to Scotland where the pieces of equipment were made.
At around 19th century, a new golf ball was invented by Reverend Adam Pearson, the gutta-percha or “guttie” golf ball. The core of the “guttie” golf ball is made of solid gutta-percha (a kind of tree). The invention of this ball led to the new designs of the golf clubs, because of the necessity to change the clubs since the previous “feathery” golf balls made from leather and feathers had different properties compared to the new and more durable “guttie” ball. These newer clubs resemble the modern designs used today.
The large scale production of clubs, which started in the early 1900s, paved the way for exporting of some of the items to different countries. Aside from the use of American hickory, manufacturers started using other wood species, such as American Persimmon, for the heads. Wood was the primary material for the heads until around the late 1800s, where mass production of iron for club heads became possible.
Also, during the early 1900s, a significant evolution of the equipment was apparent after the Prince of Wales ordered a steel-shafted set with special specifications. From then on, manufacturers started using steel for the shaft. These steel shafts replaced the wooden shaft after the introduction of a new ball with a rubber core, the Haskell ball, in 1901.
With every new material that is being invented and discovered, a new innovation is also introduced in making golf equipment. These new inventions maximize the potential of the players and the game itself, making golf easier and more fun to play.
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