This collection of early golf equipment held by the Otago Golf Club reveals how golf technology has advanced since the game began. From top are: a boy's driver, around 1820; driver, 1800s; baffie or baffing spoon, early 1800s; putter, 1820; driving iron, 1868; approaching cleek, 1868; heavy putter, around 1760; sand iron, 1741. The golf balls directly under the clubs include (from left): featherie (leather exterior filled with feathers), 1700–1850s; gutta-percha (tree rubber, hand-shaped), 1848–1870s; gutta (hand-hammered, chisel-patterned), 1850–1880s; bramble (machine gutta, pressed-iron mould), 1870–1890s; Haskell (stretched rubber around a hard core), 1899–1930s; modern ball 1.62” (solid core, plastic cover), 1930–1960 and modern ball 1.68” (solid core, polymer cover), 1960 onwards.
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Photograph by Michael Greaves
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