Golf Balls - Charlie Larkin EIU 4121 Golf Balls Next to baseball golf is one of Americas favorite past time sport Players surround themselves by

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Charlie Larkin EIU 4121 7/14/09 Golf Balls Next to baseball, golf is one of America’s favorite past time sport. Players surround themselves by beautiful atmosphere, great friends, and memories. Some players travel the world to play on the best courses in the world. However, without golf balls, players would not be able to play the relaxing sport. When was the golf ball first made? What is it made of? Who does it affect? There is little known about Golf when was first played in the 14 th century. All we know is that the golf ball was made out hard woods such as beech or “boxroot” in Scotland which were hand carved into a sphere shape. There were no written documents about the process on how they made golf balls or how the game was first played. Everything known was passed on by word of mouth. As the game became more popular, in 1447, King James II banned the game of golf because everyone was more interested in golf than training on how to use weapons (1999). The next step towards the golf ball we know now is the feather ball which was still being made in Scotland. This ball was used for the longest time in the history used from the either the 14 th or 16 th century to the early 1850’s (1999). The feather ball got its name because the middle of the ball was filled with goose feathers and was surrounded by either cow skin or horse skin. Then it was soaked in water, where the leather would shrink and the feathers would expand. After soaking the ball would be hammered to get the round shape and painted several times. Since there was now mold for the balls they were not the same shape and weight. One person could only make three to four of the feather balls a day since it was a timely and costly process.
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The gutty ball was the next step which changed the course of the game of golf. It was made to be water resistant and easier to create compared to the feather ball created by Rev. James Patterson when he was on a missionary trip to Malaysia. While on his trip he found the gutty percha, which is a rubber like material that comes from the dried sap of sapodilla trees of East Asia. The sap from this tree was used as shipping material to protect goods that are fragile.
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2010 for the course ACC 1001 taught by Professor Limpski during the Spring '10 term at Florida Memorial.

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Golf Balls - Charlie Larkin EIU 4121 Golf Balls Next to baseball golf is one of Americas favorite past time sport Players surround themselves by

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