Did you know that golf is one of the world’s oldest sports? The modern game of golf originated in Scotland in the 15th century, but the game’s ancient origins remain unclear. While no one is sure who precisely invented the sport or when, it has since become a fascinating sport that is played worldwide, both competitively and for fun.
There are many types of golf balls on the market, and customers often face a difficult decision. Golf balls are divided into two categories: recreational and advanced balls. Recreational balls are oriented toward the ordinary golfer, who generally have low swing speeds (80 miles per hour (130 km/h) or lower) and lose golf balls on the course easily.
Before the rules of golf were standardized, golf clubs commonly had their own set of rules, which, while broadly the same, had subtle differences, such as allowing for the removal of loose impediments, e.g. leaves and small stones. In the late 19th century, most clubs began to align themselves with either the Society of St. Andrews Golfers, later the R&A, or the Gentlemen Golfers of Leith, later the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers.
Most of us know that there are many different types of golf clubs and what are their different purposes. But, not many of us know the history behind them and how they became what they are now. In today's article on Gentlemen's Golf Gear Blog we'll dive deeper into the field of golf clubs.
The earliest known instructions for playing golf have been found in the diary of Thomas Kincaid, medical student who played on the course at Bruntsfield Links, near Edinburgh University, and at Leith Links. His notes include his views on an early handicap system. The oldest surviving rules of golf were written in 1744 for the Company of Gentlemen Golfers.