Not many like history or discovering history. But if you get into something, it just becomes more and more enjoyable. Even I was not too fond of history before I tried it. And if you don’t like history, wouldn’t you want to know about golf balls and how it had a connection with the Roman Empire? Doesn’t this make you more interested in a golf ball?
Knowing about anything from its core makes it more meaningful and close to us. It feels like we have been through a journey together. As if we have experienced the thing being made and how it was thought of.
History is an exciting topic, and the more you get into it, the more you fall for the subject. One thing about every creation is fascinating, which is it wasn’t made the same it is now. It was made entirely differently. It has changed and turned into what it is now. It is always fascinating to watch how much it has changed since it was made.
It all started with the Roman Empire. You must be thinking how? Let me explain it to you. It all began around 80 B.C. the Roman emperors played a game known as the “Paganica.” In that game, they used a bent stick in order to drive a feathery ball. This all seems known to you? Or does this seem to be similar to something very known to you? If you are thinking about golf, then you are correct.
This feathery ball is the nowadays golf ball. But it has changed a lot. It is not the same as it was first made. One of the main differences in the golf ball now vs. then is the golf ball’s size. The size of the golf ball has reduced a lot. It was not this much small at the beginning. It was double its size now. Golf balls were as big as a cricket ball. It was about 17 cm. Now, it has reduced up to 10 cm.
Other than this, there aren’t many differences in the golf balls. It has remained pretty much the same. But the size has reduced a lot.
The Scottish control
The Scottish took control took control afterwards. The Scottish people’s nation is known for many things. And it is also known for golf. The Scottish people gave the name golfie. The Scottish government is known for many things, and few of them are butter and whiskey.
The Scottish nation took control of golf. They invented the feathery golf ball for the game. They made the golf ball from a leather sack, which is filled with boiled goose feathers. The processes of making golf balls are not that simple and not that difficult as well. For experts, it is straightforward.
The experts make it easy. They first fill the golf ball with the goose feathers. And then they stitch the sack that they have served with the goose feathers. And after that, they paint the golf sack. And this is how the golf ball is made. This is a simple and easy way of telling how they are made. More complications in the process have remained untold.
The golf balls are made extraordinarily soft and expensive. And they were used only by a few people. They were used only by a group of privileged people. The golf ball makers used cowhide as well. They used it as cover, and they used the goose feathers as the core. By doing this, the ball became more assertive and could cover more distance. And it would last longer than before, as well. But people were not satisfied with space yet. They were looking for something which would cover way more distance.
The gutty made a significant difference in the golf balls. The golf balls became more muscular and became more long-lasting after the gully. The gutty stands for Gutta Percha, which means hard latex made from the tree. It comes from a tree. It has made the golf ball better than before. The gutta provided the golfers with a chance to hit great shots, which would cover a long distance. As I’ve told you, the gutty comes from hard latex. And for having that hard latex in the golf ball, the ball has become more assertive and durable. This hard latex has been very beneficial for the golfers.
But there was one problem with the golf ball. The golf ball was very smooth. It was nice having a smooth ball, but it didn’t help the golfers to cover the desired distance. It was stopping the golfers from covering more distance. It was very frustrating. So, the problem had to be solved.
They came up with a brilliant idea of creating an irregular pattern on the golf ball. And this helped a lot. To create an uneven design on the golf ball surface, they nicked the golf ball with a hammer. And this made the golf balls to cover a lot. This helped me a lot. This single-handedly changed the average distance for the better. And by making this little change, you were able to cover more space in a straighter pathway.
Do you feel that you know this pattern? I won’t be surprised to see that you have guessed what design I am talking about. Yes, you are correct. I am talking about the predecessor of the dimples in the golf ball. This was one of the turning points for the golf industries.
From that time, less paint was used to make the golf balls and more patterns. This was proven to be very helpful. By using a metal press, the process of manufacturing golf balls became more comfortable and affordable. It had small bulges on the surface of the ball, which highly resembled brambleberry. And that’s why people used to call the golf ball “the bramble.”
Rubber Core: the modern era of golf balls
Nowadays, golf balls are made of rubber core and plastic. And it wasn’t always made like this. In 1898, this was first started. Coburn Haskell, with the help of BF Goodrich Company, started this trend. The ball structure has a solid rubber core. It had a latex core before, but now, it has changed into a rubber core, proving very beneficial. And it is wrapped with high tension rubber thread. And the core is covered with plastic or Gutta Percha.
You can find two and three-piece balls available on the market. You can get them both. The two-piece golf ball has a solid rubber core with a coat of Ionomer resin or thermoplastic. And the three-piece balls have the core, thread, and plastic coating. You can get either one of them or try them both and see which one they like the most.
The dimple and development era
It was 1908 when the dimpled ball first came into the market. As I’ve told you before, it was the modern improvisation of the gutty ball. For having a dimple in your golf ball, the ball had gained more control, less spin, and extensive yardage. The modern dimpled golf ball seemed to be very helpful for the golf industry. By the time of the 1930s, the dimpled golf ball had taken over the golf industry. It was loved and admired by all.
And in 1970, the development of golf balls took a new turn. It was all thanks to the petroleum-based polymer Polybutadiene. It is a highly soft material that made the golf ball more bouncy. This material gave bounce, and this material was hardened by zinc, which made it more useful and significant.
The present of golf balls
There are two types of golf ball in the market now. You can find the Syrian covered two-piece ball. And you can also find the soft Balata ball. The Syrian covered twp piece ball is loved and admired by most amateur or beginner golfers. This type of golf balls lasts longer than the other kind of ball. And other than that, the Syrilin covered two-piece golf ball cover more distance.
And on the other hand, the pro golfers love the soft Balata ball. All the expert golfers love these golf balls to control distance, spin, and softness. By using this golf ball, you will be able to maintain the space more, and this type of golf balls are livelier than solid balls.
This was the history of golf balls. The history isn’t over yet. There is more upcoming technology regarding golf ball. So, you never know, you might get an advanced history of golf balls in the future, including the coming time.