A Short History of Golf Clubs

The earliest generation of golf

Early into golf club making, the most of them were from the seaside of the Scotland. Players at the time use these gears to play their game in a more haphazard than they do nowadays.  The players even went as far as making their clubs and balls by their own, using the woods in the forest. Then, the most successful player is the one with the best skill in craftsmanship. The earliest time when clubs were made professionally was when King James of the Scotland ordered a pair from craftsmen in Perth in 1502.

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At this time, a set of clubs often contains some play clubs for driving, which are called the long noses nowadays. The fairway clubs are called the grassed drivers nowadays, are used for the medium ranged shots. The clubs called the spoons were used for short ranged shorts. What we refer to as wedges was called nib licks then. Finish off the set was a putting clerk.

Together with them was the club heads, which were made from tougher wood like the beech, the holly, the pear wood and the apple woods. Shafts of the clubs were made from pretty colored woods like ash or hazel. To connect the head with the shaft, they use a splint, and then bound things together with a leather strap.

The clubs from this time were really expensive, they could cost up to half a house to play. Despite being expensive, they break very often, especially the long noses and the niblicks. These things break every month, which makes the cost for the game even higher and accessible to only by the high classes.

The first club makers tried making the club face with leather or other bouncy materials that can help them with increasing the compression. Such compression was good for making high distance shots. This club face doesn’t prevent the clubs from breaking, so they resort to using metal for the face instead. There is evidence indicating that in the early of 1750, craftsmen forged metal heads for the clubs.

The 2nd generation of clubs for golf

To continue with our golf club, we chose to use 1826 as a mark when a club maker called Robert Forgan decided to use hickory to make shafts. The hickory is imported from the America. They were expensive, so some still remain loyal with the wood as the material, while other chose American hockery because of their firmness.

It’s not until 1848 that the Guttie ball was invented. The man’s name was Adam Peterson. The ball was not as firm, so they can travel further and was warningly welcomed by the players. The buglers also resemble our modern day’s woods very much with the heads that have the shape of a bulb.

The golfing professionals at this time were also experts in craftsmanship, so they opened workshops and taught others how to make golf clubs and balls. Shortly after that, the sport became spread all around the world. If the world associates Switzerland with timepieces and watches, then they associate Scotland with the homeland of golf. The trade was so successful that it accelerates the country’s economic status. 

As the 19th century began, people started importing persimmon from the America, replacing them with the harder woods for making clubs. Aluminum was used for the face, as opposed to metallic forging in the earlier times.

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