The Great Balls of Golf
Information about the early history of golf balls is unfortunately very scarce. According to most authors who investigated the early history of golf ball,the first balls (if we ignore the story about the shepherd and stones) were probably made of wood, most likely beech, boxroot and similar hardwoods.
Golfers know that the first record of a sold golf ball dates from 1452, while the first feather ball known as the featherie was introduced only in the early 17th century. Until the mid-19th century, the featherie was the standard golf ball. The featherie was made of cow or horsehide which was stuffed with goose feather. The leather, in order to be easier to work with, was soaked in water.
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Some authors,however, have questioned the story about a poor golf enthusiast. He was just looking for ways to be able to enjoy the game.His quest would eventually lead to the invention of the gutta percha ball or the guttie.
Haskell’s rubber-wound core ball is traditionally regarded as the first modern golf ball. The origins of the ball that is used by today’s pros and amateurs alike dates from the 1960s.
With the ball now covered in dimples, the new 20th Century golf ball could be smacked into seriously controlled flight. Pros could even put backspin on it to make it stop more quickly upon landing. Golfers can thus today choose from more than 1,000 golf balls (excluding those that are not on the USGA and R&A Conforming Ball List) . The New balls are designed to provide more control, achieve greater distances, increased durability and optimal spin. Ultimately, the new balls make the game more enjoyable while helping golfers improve their score.