As with all other sports, there is an impressive development to be seen in golf. Golf has been practised for centuries. You will read the story of the golf ball in the following article.
In the 14th to 17th century, the golf balls were still made of wood. Very hard wood, for example Beech or boxwood, was used for this purpose. Accordingly, the shape of the early golf balls, which were rounded only roughly, also looked. The production of golf balls took over the bow makers because they had the necessary tools for the production. King James II ensured that the game of golf had to be considered illegal because he feared that his subjects would be less concerned with the exercises on the bow and arrows and more with the golf ball, 1447. Nevertheless, the privileged mass continued to exercise this sport.
Balls of chicken feathers
At the same time, the so-called feathery ball was produced. From the beginning of the 14th century until the middle of the 19th century, this ball was made of leather and filled with horse hair or animal wool. However, the feathery ball quickly lost its resilience and quickly discovered that the golf balls become more agile and robust when fitted with feathers. The production of these golf balls was laborious and required skill. Hundreds of workers were involved in producing these balls and exerted fierce competition among themselves. For this purpose, a rectangular and two round pieces of leather cut in hot water were softened and sewn together. The ball was then turned to the left, filled with chicken feathers, sewn and knocked round.
Rubber from Malaysia
At the beginning of the second half of the 19th century, the “Gutta-percha” ball dissolved the feathery ball. The Gutty ball should be made of a more robust material. To this end, the Scottish golf Fanatic “Reverend James Patterson” in Malaysia discovered the rubber-like substance “gutty percha”. He took the dried juice of the “Sapodilla Tree” home as a wrapper by wrapping a statue in it. Once there he played incessantly with this material and soon many companies used this substance to produce more stable golf balls. Initially, the balls were still made with a smooth surface. However, the players quickly realized that the balls would be better off if they had already numerous dents, by hitting. This resulted in the Gutty, whose surface structure was adapted.
From 1910, the production facilities for golf balls in England and Scotland shot like mushrooms from the ground. All companies were working to produce the so-called “rubber core mesh balls”. This developed the modern shape of the golf ball as we know it today. The method of golf ball production used in the early times of the 20th century proved to be groundbreaking. This made for a better ball feeling and gave the player more “spin”. In the year 1905, the Englishman William Taylor patented this technique. 1920 the patent ran out and the production companies were literally cracking the advantages over their competitors. From now on, the individual manufacturers convinced with a large portion of creativity. For example, the “rifled ball” was developed, which reminds the design of a rifle barrel. The manufacturer designed his advertising campaign by saying the golf ball flies like a projectile.