Dancing Rabbit Golf – The Evolution Of Golf Equipment
While golf’s origin remains somewhat a mystery, history illustrates that modern golf became a popular gentleman’s activity in Scotland in the Middle Ages. And by the late 19th century, it had grown in popularity globally. But even though this timeframe is considered the birth of modern golf, it was far from that by today’s standards, thanks to massive equipment advancements.
A More Causal And Civilized Approach
The golfer often carved first-generation golf clubs. The shafts were made from ash or hazel wood, while the heads were fashioned from beech or holly trees. And even with this significant investment of time and resources, a golfer was expected to break one club or more with each round played, making this entertainment only feasible for the upper class.
Innovation Comes To Golf Clubs
In 1825, a visionary club maker in Scotland began to use American hickory for the club shafts because of its low cost and increased durability. With more durable shafts, the focus turned to the club heads, and persimmon became the go-to material that replaced other hardwoods. And by 1900, blacksmiths were getting into the game and experimenting with metal forged clubs, giving birth to the modern set of clubs.
Huge Strides In Manufacturing
After World War II, synthetic and composite materials became much more prevalent in all products, including golf clubs. These new clubs were more cost-effective and, most importantly, more reliable. Even today, we still pay homage to these old ways by referring to the clubs as irons. However, they are currently made of steel or graphite, which is stiffer, stronger, and lighter than their namesake. And the homage does not stop with irons. Titanium woods are currently trendy but still carry the name wood.
The Results Of Superior Golf Equipment
While golf clubs are not the only pieces of equipment to have improved over the years, they are arguably the most significant. And to put these advances into numbers, the USGA has calculated some average hitting distances. In 1900, the typical male was driving the ball between 100 and 150 yards, while a female was hitting 75 to 100 yards. By 1930, those numbers had increased to 130 to 180 yards and 100 to 150 yards. In 1980, the numbers rose to 160 to 200 yards for male recreational golfers and 110 to 160 for females who played only recreationally.
The Future Of Golf
Much like everything in our world, technology is increasing the speed of advancements. And when applied to golf equipment, finding ways to hit the ball faster, harder, and more accurately are always being explored. Computerized swing simulation is used to design and build custom clubs. Golf ball flight is analyzed to find the perfect ball for each player’s style, and new materials are always being tested. And each of these equipment advances allows every player to go out and enjoy their best round of golf ever at Dancing Rabbit Golf Club. Click here to book your Tee Time!