The Evolution of Golf
by Rob Daniels
The game of golf began its destiny in time towards becoming
popular around the world. In 1744 the rules of Golf were put
into writing for the first time ever. At this point in history,
the first thirteen laws of golf were drawn up for an annual
competition. The first documented record makes references
to modern golf. It was during the mid to late 1800's that
the game of golf really became world renowned.
It is said that there is no other sport as richly endowed
with outstanding characters, incidents and locations as that
of golf. Since most golf equipment was handcrafted it was,
therefore, quite expensive and golf was dominated by the wealthy.
By the 1850s, newly created private clubs had hired "greenkeepers"
to care for their golf courses. While the golf course superintendent
profession has changed over time, it is still largely a combination
of science and art.
A man by the name of Allan Robertson is known as the first
great player of the history of golf. He kept a scrapbook of
newspaper clippings of golf events. The concept of giving
strokes allowed Robertson to set up matches with golfers who
weren't at his level.
Somewhere in time the game of golf lost its prestige in
the United States. Once metal club heads and shafts and balls
began rolling off production lines, the average person was
able to afford golf. In fact, most regions of the US feature
public courses which strive to be affordable for the average
Over the next few centuries many refinements were made to
the game of golf, improving driver weight, ball trajectory
and overall game play. Also in the 1930s the wooden golf tee
The groundwork was laid in the 1970's for radical transformation
of turf preparation, golf club technology, and instructional
technique. Additionally the beginning of the 20th century
brought several technological innovations to the game of golf.
These days technology has done wonders for golf since you
can now purchase golf clubs and golf balls that are designed
with precision. For example the graphite shafts are around
34% lighter than steel shafts allowing the golfer to develop
more club-head speed with less effort, making shots go further.
Many golfers are self-taught, and learn by observing others.
Many who have a desire to play better golf may consider golf
lessons. Others feel learning golfing techniques from a professional
is the best way to master the sport. And you don't have to
look far to locate innovative training aids, they can even
be found on the Internet at places like http://www.golf-clubhouse.net
The 1990s has witnessed the proliferation of a whole slew
of golf training aids. Finally, modern golf range equipment
began to appear, eliminating the need for a ball-shagging
caddie, and sparked a boom in driving-range construction.
About the Author:
Rob Daniels works in marketing at the Golf Clubhouse http://www.golf-clubhouse.net
a portal for golf enthusiasts.