Saturday, April 08, 2006

Is golf good for my business? - Think about it! Golf is becoming a strong trend - more and more businessmen play golf for leisure and to get new business contacts, and to strengthen existing ones. 2/3 ( 66.66%) of all deals exceedingUSD 500,000/- are initiated on the golf course. Is this really true? yes !!!!


As it is this magic of golf , which encompasses not only the skill of the player, the weather conditions and the equipment used to play that is drawing people to try this sport.
There is no other sport , the same as golf , which leads to completely different performance of player with different ball used, there are also no other sports which can bore the player with “which ball is fit for me on this earth?” as the golf sport.

Golf has more than 500 years history. Its development, the different material, structure and design affect adds to its characteristic ,function and performance. Most of new comers to this sport find it difficult to know clearly the difference of characteristic of ball, and what ball is fit for them.

The history behind evolvement and development of golf balls:

It is said the earliest golf ball was made from wood, but these ball wasn’t used widely and not recorded definitely.
In 1618 the feather golf ball or 'Featherie' was introduced. This was a handcrafted ball made with goose feathers tightly packed into a horse or cow hide sphere. The feathers and leather were fashioned into a ball while wet. As the assembly dried out the leather shrank and the feathers expanded to create a hardened ball. The ball was then finished off by painting it and punched with the ball-makers mark. Quality varied according to the skill of the craftsman. Unfortunately, the handcrafted nature of the balls meant that they were priced beyond the pockets of the masses, sometimes more expensive than a club.Such expensive balls hold the development of golf ball for a long time back till the Gutta Percha ball come forth.
The introduction of the Gutta Percha ball or 'Guttie' in 1848 by Rev Adam Paterson of St. Andrews, it not only end the leather golf ball era,but also show the beginning of neoteric golf ball. Gutta Percha is a unique crimson rubber from Malaysia, in 1845, Joss moved to UK from India, Paterson sees that the Joss was packed with such rubber, so he decides to make the golf ball with this rubber, after some experiments, it is produced officially. Gutties had a smooth surface and good flexibility, When heated the rubber could easily be fashioned into a sphere and used as a golf ball, Not only could the ball be relatively cheaply produced, it could also be easily repaired by re-heating and then re-shaping, it was very popular, and it speeded the development of golf sports.
Compared to leather golf ball, Gutta Percha ball had the following characteristics:

1. It was very round just like a actual circle
2. It could be made more faster and cheaper than leather golf ball
3. Its surface was very smooth
4. It was more durable and waterproof

Initially, Gutta Percha ball met its serious frustration, because of the shorter flying distance than leather golfball, the average flying distance of leather ball is 150-160 yard, but Gutta Percha ball was more or less, in the same end range of flight as leather , the ball would fall uprightly as a injured bird without any perfect movement trajectory.

However,the shortness in flight was improved by using the ball over a period of time.That is to say, the longer time the ball was used, the more perfect movement trajectory it would take and the farther the flying distance, people found that, because there are some small dimples on ball surface after driving the ball , many times, these dimple make the ball fly better and farther,This is how some researchers get to know, the dimple on the ball surface make the ball to float in the air , thereby increasing the dimples on the surface of the ball makes the flight of the golf ball more perfect.

In 1898, Coburn Haskell introduced the one-piece rubber cored ball, these balls were constructed from a solid rubber core wrapped in rubber thread encased in a gutta percha sphere, These balls looked just like Gutties but gave the average golfer an extra 20 yards from the tee, so which was universally adopted by 1901 after it proved so effective in the British and US golf courses.