History of Golf Clubs

A golf club is a club used to hit a golf ball in a game of golf. Each club is composed of a shaft with a grip and a club head. Woods are mainly used for londistance fairway or tee shots; irons, the most versatile class, are used for a variety of shots; hybrids that combine design elements of woods and irons are becoming increasingly popular; putters are used mainly on the green to roll the ball into the hole. A standard set consists of 14 golf clubs, and while there are traditional combinations sold at retail as matched sets, players are free to use any combination of 14 or fewer legal clubs.  The picture shows Antique Clubs and an Antique Golf Bag.  That is not what you would be using when you play golf today.  Actually, if you have aa Antique Golf Bag and Antique Golf Clubs they would be worth some serious money today!

An important variation in different clubs is loft, or the angle between the club’s face and the vertical plane. It is loft that is the primary determinant of the ascending trajectory of the golf ball, with the tangential angle of the club head’s swing arc at impact being a secondary and relatively minor consideration (though these small changes in swing angle can nevertheless have a significant influence on launch angle when using low-lofted clubs). The impact of the club compresses the ball, while grooves on the club face give the ball backspin. Together, the compression and backspin create lift. The majority of woods and irons are labeled with a number; higher numbers indicate shorter shafts and higher lofts, which give the ball a higher and shorter trajectory

The shafts of the woods were made of different types of wood before being replaced by hickory in the middle of the 19thcentury . The varieties of woods included ash, purpleheart, orangewood, and blue-mahoo. Despite the strength of hickory, the long-nose club of the mid nineteenth century was still prone to breaking at the top of the back swing. The club heads were often made from woods including apple, pear, dogwood, and beech in the early times until persimmon became the main material.

Golf clubs have been improved and the shafts are now made of steel, titanium, other types of metals or carbon fiber. The shaft is a tapered steel tube or a series of stepped steel tubes in telescopic fashion. This has improved the accuracy of golfers. The grips of the clubs are made from leather or rubber.  Irons are clubs with a solid, all-metal head featuring a flat angled face, and a shorter shaft and more upright lie angle than a wood, for ease of access. Irons are designed for a variety of shots from all over the course, from the tee box on short or dog-legged holes, to the fairway or rough on approach to the green, to tricky situations like punching through or lobbing over trees, getting out of hazards, or hitting from tight lies requiring a compact swing. Most of the irons have a number from 1 to 9 (the numbers in most common use are from 3 to 9), corresponding to their relative loft angle within a matched set. Irons are typically grouped according to their intended distance (which also roughly corresponds to their shaft length and thus their difficulty to hit the ball); in the numbered irons, there are long irons (2–4), medium irons (5–7), and short irons (8–9), with progressively higher loft angles, shorter shafts, and heavier club heads.

As with woods, “irons” get their name because they were originally made from forged iron. Modern irons are investment-cast out of steel alloys, which allows for better-engineered “cavity-back” designs that have lower centers of mass and higher moments of inertia, making the club easier to hit and giving better distance than older forged “muscle-back” designs. Forged irons with less perimeter weighting are still seen, especially in sets targeting low-handicap and scratch golfers, because this less forgiving design allows a skilled golfer to intentionally hit a curved shot (a “fade” or “draw”), to follow the contour of the fairway or “bend” a shot around an obstacle.

I hope that this segment was interesting and not boring to you.  This gives you some history of:

1st.    The Game of Golf

2nd.  The Golf Ball

3rd.   The Golf Clubs

I would love to read your comments below,




10 Replies to “History of Golf Clubs”

  1. Tried to leave a comment on your home page but couldn’t…this page will do…love your site!
    A scramble is the perfect match to play with a 90 year old player. Good for him!
    And good for you with recovering from foot surgery and getting back on the links with your golf sandals.
    If my husband has trouble falling asleep, he’ll play a round in his head. Starting on the 1st tee, thinking and playing every drive, approach shot and putt in his head, he’s sound asleep by the 5th hole.

    1. Karen,
      I am glad you liked and enjoyed my website and I love golf and am trying to help others to do the same.
      Age and surgeries can not stop golfers who love the game. Your husband is a true golfer because he doesn’t count sheep.
      Thank you for visiting,

  2. I’m not a golfer, but I have played it a couple times and found it enjoyable. I can’t say I’m very good at it but your website gives a pretty good insight into golfing that many people will find interesting for sure.

  3. Nice subject bobby I tried playing and hit the club house but haven’t totally learned the game but with more information and practice I mite be saying look out tiger lol.
    Thanks for the info 🙂

    1. Hi Jason,
      I could understand that a number of years ago I was playing in Hawaii and the wind was blowing bad and my golf ball hit Carol Barnett’s house. So it happens and that is what builds memories.
      Thanks for your comments,

  4. Interesting article, however, do you have any ideas which iron is the best for beginners? I have always wanted to try this sport, but only now I decided to have a chance. Also, is it possible to rent an iron? Thanks for answers 🙂

    1. Hi Rokas,
      Actually you will need a few irons at least, a 7 iron, 9 iron and a pitching wedge. Also, don’t forget a driver for teeing off and a putter for on the green. You can rent golf clubs at just about any golf course.
      Thanks for your comments,

    2. Hi Bobby, I’m not a golfer,however, golfing runs in my family.I thought you were pretty thorough.I know if I ever wanted to start or buy clubs ,you’ve given me a place to start.well informed.

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