Think you could shoot 59 with a golf ball made of goose-feathers? What about a ball made from tree sap? Get the low-down on how the golf ball has evolved into the one we play today.
The Evolution Of The Golf Ball
Article reposted with permission of the North Lakes Resort Golf Club in Australia.
Over the years, the humble golf ball has undergone several improvements and alterations. This infographic discusses the evolution of the golf ball, from the handcrafted Feather Ball, right through to the Haskell Ball and Today’s Standard. With each development, we get closer and closer to the golf balls we know and love today.
A Short History of the Golf Ball
We start off with The Featherie, also known as the feather ball, back in the 15th century. This ball was handcrafted, by stuffing a handful of tightly packed wet goose feathers, into a wet, leather outer shell pouch. This would then be sewn up and left to dry. While this ball was tough and travelled well, it was expensive to produce.