The History of the Golf Club

The world is obsessed with golf; as a hobby (or if you’re lucky enough to play as a career), playing golf gets you out in the fresh air, challenging your friends and making new ones as you play through some of the most beautiful landscapes and destinations in the world. Learning how to play well isn’t easy, but once you’ve mastered the game, you’ll want to get out there and participate rain or shine. So where did this exceptional game come from?

older-lady-72824_640The actual origin of golf is typically debated but it started to gain popularity at the beginning of the 19th century. In looking through its history however there are traces of golf going back to the end of the 1400s in Scotland, and the terms were not always ideal; in 1457 both golf and football were banned by the Parliament, a course of action that was the first written mention of this infectious game. Golf went on to be banned again in 1471 and 1491 s but it seems that its popularity just couldn’t keep it from coming back. A fun fact is that in its beginnings Golf was played in church yards and confined public spaces; sound’s a bit dangerous right? Anyway, it took decades, and several makeovers to be the game we all know and love today.

With the evolution of the game, golf club designs have also changed quite a bit. There are many factors that have affected the way golf clubs were designed with two of the major influences being the ball design and the terrain that golf is usually played on. Long ago, wood was used to create golf clubs, available in a variety of lengths and designs. By the end of the 1870s, iron clubs started to take off and while in the beginning they were fairly crude, in the late 1800s their design and style started to become more intricate. Even the wood clubs became more complex by the time the early 1900s rolled around which meant that golfer’s had more options to choose from and a range of prices for clubs as well.

Designs started to improve once again in the 1980’s with innovative computer software being used to design and customise golf clubs and balls. It is rare to see a professionally made golf club or ball not designed on a computer first these days. Since the 80’s golf clubs have been customised even more, leading to a number of hybrids that have increased the pleasures of playing.

Regulations pertaining to golf clubs have also changed over the years. In the early 1920s the uniform club style was starting to become common. Many of the more eccentric club designs started to get ruled out because they were simply too different from the standard model. The competitive golfing scene demanded a fair playing field and there had to be some sort of model that everyone could use.

One can’t help but imagine what new advancements will be made in coming years in regard to golf accessories and golf club design; it should be exciting!