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The Evolution of Golf

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 golfer.

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 was invented.

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.

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 a portal for golf enthusiasts.

Source: articlewiz.com

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Golf History

The Birth Of Golf

Golf as we know it today originated from a game played on the eastern coast of Scotland in the Kingdom of Fife during the 15th century.

Players would hit a pebble around a natural course of sand dunes, rabbit runs and tracks using a stick or primitive club.

Some historians believe that Kolven from Holland and Chole from Belgium influenced the game. The latter was introduced into Scotland in 1421. However while these games and countless others are stick and ball games, they are missing that vital ingredient that is unique to golf - the hole. Whatever the argument, there can be no dispute that Scotland gave birth to the game we know as golf today.

During the mid-15th century, Scotland was preparing to defend itself against an English invasion. The populationís enthusiastic pursuit of golf and soccer to the neglect of military training (archery primarily) caused the Scottish parliament of King James II to ban both sports in 1457. The ban was reaffirmed in 1470 and 1491 although people largely ignored it. Only in 1502 with the Treaty of Glasgow was the ban lifted with King James IV (James 1 of England) himself taking up the sport.

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History of Golf

In one form or another, the variant games of present day golf were clearly enjoyed throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. The game persisted over the centuries and the form that it took and rules that were applied varied as widely as the terrain the game was played over.


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Who Invented Golf?

Well, who actually did invent the game of Golf? The question has been asked and argued for many years with no true winner. Many countries have a valid claim to an early game that resembles the game of golf. Some of the countries that make this claim are England. Scotland, China, Rome, France, The Netherlands, Belgium and Laos. The most heated debate over who invented golf definitely comes from Great Britain and Scotland.


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History of Women's Golf

Ladies, the next time you grab your clubs and head out to the golf course for your weekly foursome, take a moment to reflect on the amazing contributions that women in golf have made throughout history. The contributions were not only to the game itself, but to your "right" to play this sport which was once reserved for men only.


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