Ever wonder how they played golf way back when, like in the 17th century, what did they use for a ball. Early in the century, they were using balls made of wood. Later on, they were making them out of chicken or goose feathers, rough time to be a goose or chicken.
This ball was referred to as the featherie and was the standard for the next two centuries. The cost of a ball in the day would have been equivalent to 15-25 dollars in today’s market. They were very hard to make and very time consuming, making the price rise.
As time goes by a Dr. Robert Adams invents the gutta-percha ball in 1848, the gutta was made of dry sap from the Malaysian Sapodilla tree. Having a rubbery like consistency, they molded into a round shape by heating. The ball had very little lift to it and could not go any distance, with the round shape and smoothness of the ball. Not until they started using, the ball and noticing that the ball went further and lifted more when the ball had scratches and gouges in it.
This started what we know today as dimples in the golf ball. Giving the ball flight and distance so manufactures continued with denting their golf balls. It did not take long to replace the feather balls.
Taking the golf ball into the 1900’ is yet another design change to the ball. Coburn Haskell invented multi-layer balls, rather by accident as he was just winding up a piece of long rubber thread into a ball. When he bounced the ball on the ground, it almost hit the ceiling that was the start of the modern golf ball.
Manufactures all over the world have since been making and perfecting golf balls for tournament play. Using modern day computers and designing golf balls, how would they compare to a wooden golf ball. I would love to get hold of a wooden golf ball in this day, I bet you the cost has gone up.