The make and feel of a golf ball has been under intense scrutiny ever since the game of golf has come into existence. The materials used to make the golf ball itself have gone through several changes over the history of the game.
The first golf balls were made out of wood! They were relatively easy to make, but did not have the ability to fly very far. Usually they would max out at a mere one hundred yards, which nowadays would make your game of gold extremely long.
Then, a group of Scottish golf scientists figured that if feathers can help birds to fly, maybe they can help the golf ball take off in the air as well. So, they started making balls out of boiled chicken and goose feathers and wrapping them up in leather. Now the ball could soar nearly two hundred yards. The single draw back however was that it took entirely too long to make, usually three or fours for one ball!
So, it was back to drawing board to try yet another version of the golf ball. The scientists found that sap from special trees in Malaysia could be easily molded into golf balls. This new golf ball was very easy to make.
Now the final change to the golf ball was adding all those little dimples. Players noticed that a ball would travel further after it had been scuffed up and dented in a bit. Now, golf balls will have anywhere from three hundred thirty to five hundred dimples on them.
So the next time you tee up, take a look at your well researched and scientifically created golf ball. It has come a long way from its wooden days, and thankfully so! The golf balls that are manufactured today are cost efficient and can be purchased anywhere sporting goods are sold.