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Evolution of Golf Equipment

VOLUTIONO OF THE RYDER 1921 WENNER THE KING'S COURSE, GLENEAGLES CLUBS BRITAIN Wooden clubs were on the way out by the time the Ryder Cup began in 1927, slowly replaced with steel shafts and grooved iron heads for increased spin. Precursor to The Ryder Cup, with James Braid, designer of the King's Course, playing his part in the home victory. Image: 1927 937-6I WORCESTER BALLS UNITED COUNTRY CLUB, MASSACHUSETTS STATES Gutta-percha balls replaced the old leather & feather balls in the 1850s, but were themselves replaced before the Ryder Cup started, when Haskell balls became standard in the early The inaugural Ryder Cup was won by the Americans, captained by 'golf's first superstar' Walter Hagen. 20th century. 1933 SOUTHPORT SHOES & AINSDALE In the early 20th century, the iconic "Saddle Oxford" style of shoe became the norm on golf courses, replacing BRITAIN The course for the 4th Ryder Cup was designed by James Braid. The Ryder Cup returns to Southport & Ainsdale in 1937. screw-in spikes and shoes with nails hammered through them. 1951 WINNER TROLLEYS PINEHURST No.2 COURSE, NORTH CAROLINA UNITED For those who weren't playing in the Ryder Cup, caddies weren't really an option. Even though a pull cart had been designed in 1945, trolleys weren't popular, most people preferred to carry their bag. The USA wins the 9th Ryder Cup at the iconic Pinehurst No. 2 course in North Carolina, designed by Donald Ross. ETT OF m GOLF BALLS 1973 BALLS WENNER MUIRFIELD EAST LOTHIAN UNITED By the 60s Balata/rubber centred golf balls were becoming more and more common within the game. In 1968 PGA announced that it was to experiment with a larger ball of 1.68 inches, which STATES The Great Britain team becomes Great Britain & later became the minimum size allowed. Ireland for the first time, but the Americans win the 20th Ryder Cup, the first time it's hosted in Scotland. John Latters THE MASTER ODEL 1979 CLUBS WENNER THE GREENBRIER, NITED WEST VIRGINIA Graphite shafts were introduced in the 70's. As a much more lightweight and stronger material, they tended to be premium products. However, for a premium price golfers enjoyed significant performance benefits. STATES Team Great Britain & Ireland is renamed Europe with continental players taking part with Seve Ballesteros being the star addition. 1985 SHOES THE BELFRY, WARWICKSHIRE EUROPE Golf shoes were fairly stiff since their inception, but became more flexible and 'wearer-friendly' in the 80s, golf shoes also started to focus on foot support Sam Torrance holes the winning putt for Europe in the 26th Ryder Cup at The Belfry. It's Europe's first Ryder Cup win in 28 years. and comfort. Image: 1987 CLUBS MUIRFIELD VILLAGE, DUBLIN, OHIO Steel shafts had been in use since the SUROPE 1920s, but the first steel headed "woods" appeared during the 80s, eventually replacing persimmon woods entirely. Kirkcaldy-born Gordon Brand Jnr is on the victorious European team, featuring again two years later when Europe retains at The Belfry. 1995 SHOES MINNER OAK HILL COUNTRY CLUB, PITTSFORD, NEW YORK In the 1990s, shoe manufacturers FUROPE introduced nonmetal cleats on their golf shoes to make them more comfortable and less damaging to greens and The 31st Ryder Cup is only the second time the Americans clubhouse floors. are beaten on home soil. Third time lucky for team captain Bernard Gallacher. 2002 TROLLEYS THE BELFRY, WARWICKSHIRE Trolleys that are pushed rather than pulled, were introduced and became more FUROPE common in 2002, with most players finding them more comfortable, although pull trolleys can still be purchased today. Sam Torrance captains Europe to victory in the 34th Ryder Cup at The Belfry, 17 years after holing the winning putt at the same venue. 2010 PRO VI BALLS CELTIC MANOR, WALES Modern golf balls are made up of solid rubber cores surrounded by layers of different rubber material depending on manufacturers preferences. Millions is EUROPE Colin Montgomerie captains Europe to victory. Before captaining Europe, Montgomerie played in 36 matches at 8 Ryder Cups, never losing a singles match. spent on ball research and development every year. 2012 CLUBS MEDINAH COUNTRY CLUB, Titanium heads and graphite shafts are MEDINAH, EUROPE ILLINOIS what modern clubs are made of. Developments in materials science An amazing final day comeback from Europe called the 'miracle at Medinah', ensured the trophy is in European hands come Gleneagles 2014. means that manufacturers are continuing to experiment and compete to find the next big breakthrough. THE FUTURE D This rather unusual concept club head features adjustable aerodynamic flaps so that players can tailor their drives to any conceivable course layout. Could this sort of technology be the next big breakthrough? CLUBS Golf shoes have advanced at break-neck speed over the last few years, some manufacturers are experimenting with different grips on the bottom of each shoe (depending on whether you play left or right handed) in their quest for more stability and control. SHOES Golf carts that follow you around have been on the periphery of the sport for a while now. Eventually we believe they'll become more mainstream, but at the moment there's a stigma around them. Maybe if they were able to dispense cold drinks and offer advice about specific shots, we'd see them replace caddies entirely! TROLLEYS KDIRECT GOLF TM EQUIPMENT CUP & HISTORY GREAT GREAT SLOR

Evolution of Golf Equipment

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