History of the Golf Club - Four Centuries in the Making.pdf


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History of the Golf Club - Four Centuries in the Making.pdf

  1. 1. ==== ====get this product with special price at :http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003PMEF1U?tag=pdf-marketing-20==== ====As most golfers know, golf is one of the oldest games still being played today and the history ofthe golf club is quite an extensive and interesting one. Of course the game first began in Scotlandand that is where the first golf clubs were created and used, in a very primitive form. Back then thegame was much more casual and rules haphazardly applied. Often players carved their own clubsout of wood and fashioned golf balls from leather bags. One can only imagine the difficulties inplaying with such crude equipment.The BeginningThe history of the game of golf first began with a reference to the sport whereby King James IIbanned its play due to interference with other archery practice in the mid 15th century. The firstreference to a set of golf clubs was those made specifically for King James VI of Scotland whosucceeded to the English throne. It was a bow maker by the name of William Mayne who wascommissioned to make this very first set of matched clubs in the year 1603. When King James VIbecame the ruler of England he brought the game of golf with him and kept Mayne busy makingthe first official golf clubs.The Middle YearsThings would remain much the same until the early 19th century. In 1826 Robert Forgan ofScotland changed the way in which golf clubs were made by using American hickory to fashion theshafts instead of the traditional beech, holly, dogwood, or fruit wood. Soon Forgans golf clubsbecame quite popular and set the standard for later makers.In 1848 Reverend Adam Pearson would be the next innovator of golfing equipment through hisinvention of the Guttie ball. Earlier, more crude versions quickly became obsolete and this new ballnow required a new type of golf club to be used. Towards the end of the century, the history of thegolf club was again transformed it further into the form we recognize today. A new material,American persimmon wood, would replace hickory as well as the native woods of the U.K. incrafting golf club heads.As technology evolved in other manufacturing operations, so it did in the making of golf clubs.Aluminum was first used about this same time period, replacing the hand-forged method of theprevious century. By 1902, irons with a grooved face were introduced in order to aid golfers inachieving additional backspin.Modern EquipmentThe Prince of Wales would bring about the next major change in the history of golf clubs. In 1929
  2. 2. he began using steel-shafted golf clubs made to his specifications. They soon became quitepopular with golfers outside the royal circle and the clubs would finally begin to more resemblethose we see today.Of course todays technology is continuing to transform the history of golf clubs. Modern playerscan probably not even fathom what it would be like to play with those old wooden clubs and a ballmade from a leather pouch.Paul DE Vizard has been writing articles online for nearly 4 years now. Not only does this authorspecialize in diet, fitness and weight loss, you can also check out his latest website: WoodenWindow Blinds which reviews blinds like the popular Roman BlindsArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Paul_De_Vizard