Golf was played in the United States before 1888, but the U.S. Golf Association (USGA), with five charter clubs, was not established until 1894 as the governing body of U.S. play. By 1900 there were more than 1,000 courses in the United States, with Massachusetts and New York each having more than 150. The game spread rapidly from 1900 to 1920. A 25 June 1909 New York Times story reported a boom in golf when President William Howard Taft began playing the game to keep up his health. The number of players at some public links was reported to have doubled following media coverage of Taft’s interest.
The Depression caused many country clubs to close, but New Deal programs such as the WPA saw to the building of nearly two hundred public golf courses. Enthusiasm for the sport dwindled a little, as smaller crowds came out to see the major tournaments. Still, golfing got better. Equipment—both golf clubs and golf balls—improved. The move from hickory shafts to steel ones provided longer drives. Golfer Gene Sarazen invented the sand wedge in his Florida garage in 1930.
Palmer and Nicklaus
The two most talented golfers of the 1960s made their marks as the decade opened. In 1960 Arnold Palmer won the Masters and the U.S. Open and earned $77,000 to lead all professional golfers. Second place in the U.S. Open went to a twenty-year-old amateur, an undergraduate at Ohio State named Jack Nicklaus. He shot a 269 over the seventy-two holes of the tournament. Nicklaus’s last year as an amateur was 1961. He won the U.S. amateur title that year by eight and six strokes respectively in the final two rounds. He was prepared in 1962 to enter a head-to-head competition with Palmer to determine who was the greatest golfer of the decade and, arguably, of all time.
In the 1970s the game of golf at all levels—from the professional to the amateur ranks—had never been healthier. Americans in 1971 watched on television as astronaut Alan B. Shepard sent a six-iron shot sailing in the moon’s thin atmosphere; millions shared an enthusiasm for the sport with Shepard. In the previous decade Arnold Palmer in swashbuckling, go-for-broke style had popularized the game and had opened country-club gates to legions of middle-class fans. Although he played a sport perceived by many Americans to be snobbish, Palmer was seen as an everyman on the golf course, his untrained-looking swing wildly hooking the ball into the woods then slashing it back into play. (more…)
If you are just starting out, buying a high quality set of golf clubs may be the foremost but quite difficult thing for any novices like you due to the lack of experience. You would be better of investing in a set designed partucularly for novices that will allow you to naturally improve and develop your game. The best beginner golf clubs will be a complete set consisting of a driver, three wood and five wood (or hybrids), the basic range of irons (3-9, PW), a putter and a bag. Here in this review, my attempt is to help such novice choose their best golf equipment right from the first step and enjoy their golfing experience to the fullest.
1. Strata Plus 16-Piece Men’s Set
Callaway is of course one of the top brands and manufactures of golf paraphernalias and their greenhorn 12-piece set definitely is no light weight either.The Callaway Men’s Strata 12-Piece Golf Set with Bag filled with everything you need to hit the golf ball with exactitudeand accuracy. It is the great solution for your golfing demanding. You’ll feel like a professional golfer holding its very forgiving clubs that are designed to push your game to the high level. (more…)
Golf industry during war time
If the future of golf remained as much a mystery as the future of the nation itself early this week, this much was clear: Both have proven themselves to be amazingly resilient in the past. Golf, like the country, not only survived two World Wars and The Great Depression in the last century, but actually emerged stronger from each challenge. Slowly, America is getting back on its feet. Weekend tournaments were canceled, the Ryder Cup was postponed. But now all eyes are starting to focus on what will be rather than what was. (more…)