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Wooden Golf Clubs of the Late 1800's.pdf


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Wooden Golf Clubs of the Late 1800's.pdf

  1. 1. ==== ====get this product with special price at : ====In the Golfers Handbook, published in 1881, the author, Robert Forgan, described the clubs,dividing the clubs into two categories: wooden clubs and iron clubs. The sub categories under thewooden clubs included drivers, spoons, and putters.The wooden clubs were employed when the ball was in open ground where there was a goodchance of getting it well away and with little fear of breakage. That was the general rule butseveral of the stronger clubs were used in more difficult situations.Drivers were the longest and most delicately constructed, and yet the most powerful from a"swiping" point of view. They derive their name form being the clubs used to drive the ball whenthe longest possible stroke was required. The handle of a full-sized driver measured 3 feet 7inches from the grip to its junction with the head, in order to give it the proper spring or degree ofsuppleness. The head weighed 7 or 8 ounces and had a face that was straight and almostperpendicular. Two types of wooden drivers were used.The "play-club" was used for "swiping off the tee," but could be used when the ball was in a"good lie", and a full stroke was required. By design the club did not "sky" the ball too muchso as to get the greatest possible distance. This is the long driver of the time.The "grassed driver" was used on the longest holes and differed from the play-club in that itwas heavier and stiffer with the face sloped back slightly from perpendicular. It was usedwhen the ball was in soft grass or on a downward slope or a hazard demanded a wellelevated stroke. It raised the ball to a considerable height and a good distance.Spoons were employed in a similar way to the grassed driver but did not send the ball as far. Astheir title suggests the face of the club has a great slope meant to raise the ball to any heightrequired especially out of very difficult ground. Five different spoons were and included the longspoon, middle spoon, short spoon, baffing spoon, and the wooden niblick. All had their particularuse based on the lie and distance from the hole. The first three are descriptive of their use. Thebaffing spoon got its name from the sound produced when it hit the ground when making thestroke. It was a very short distance club . The wooden niblick was a "long spoon" with a brasssole and smaller head. It was used to lift the ball out of a rut. The brass sole was an advantageon hard or stony ground.Two putters were used for very different purposes. The green putter was used on the puttinggreen when the ball was near the hole. This club was used up to a distance of 30 yards if the turfwas smooth and level. The driving putter was used force a ball out of long grass or the "cheat thewind" by sending a low "skimming" ball.
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