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GolfNut57

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Ancient equipment
« on: July 20, 2017, 12:18:55 pm »

How far on average do you think golf balls were hit back in the days of using gutta percha, or featherie type balls and using clubs with hickory shafts?
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Re: Ancient equipment
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2017, 03:13:04 pm »

They could hit gutties pretty far...200 yards and better for the better players.

I read about Young Tom Morris making a 3 on a 510 yard hole in one of the Opens he won.  So, the better players could get it on out there.
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Re: Ancient equipment
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2017, 04:08:47 pm »

They could hit gutties pretty far...200 yards and better for the better players.

I read about Young Tom Morris making a 3 on a 510 yard hole in one of the Opens he won.  So, the better players could get it on out there.

3 on a 510 hole? Was the 3 with a putt or holing out from some unknown  distance in the fairway? Two swings that net you 400 yards total only leaves 110 to the hole and hitting three.
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Re: Ancient equipment
« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2017, 09:38:03 pm »

Apparently feathery balls were hard enough to kill people if they got hit with them.  Like a lot of things from those days, I'm not sure we can recreate exactly what they had.  So, a lot of our thoughts are guesses.
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Re: Ancient equipment
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2017, 09:46:16 pm »

The fact that they had a par 5 that was 510 yards long shows they could hit the ball pretty far.   Well,  I'm assuming it was a par 5.
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Re: Ancient equipment
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2017, 10:05:53 pm »

The fact that they had a par 5 that was 510 yards long shows they could hit the ball pretty far.   Well,  I'm assuming it was a par 5.

It was generally thought to be a par 6 for most people.
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Re: Ancient equipment
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2017, 10:15:21 pm »

This says that the official record for a feathery was 361 yards.  A test in 1786 with feathery balls averaged just under 200 yards.

http://www.scottishgolfhistory.org/origin-of-golf-terms/golf-ball-feathery-gutty-haskell/
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Re: Ancient equipment
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2017, 09:01:17 am »

It was generally thought to be a par 6 for most people.

If Golf had par 6 holes I just might be able to break 80 all the time...................maybe.... ;)
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Re: Ancient equipment
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2017, 09:06:57 am »

This says that the official record for a feathery was 361 yards. A test in 1786 with feathery balls averaged just under 200 yards.

http://www.scottishgolfhistory.org/origin-of-golf-terms/golf-ball-feathery-gutty-haskell/

According to that article that 361 yard drive was wind aided.
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Re: Ancient equipment
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2017, 10:33:14 am »

According to that article that 361 yard drive was wind aided.

Your point?  It is still a long way.
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Re: Ancient equipment
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2017, 11:45:56 am »

This stuff is really fascinating.  There was a time in the 1920s where the balls were going as far or farther than they are now.  That was well into the wound ball era and the machines for wrapping the Haskell wound ball had become quite sophisticated.  They were getting really tight wraps.  It was also before weight and diameter of the ball had been standardized by rule on either side of the pond.  So manufacturers were able to make heavier balls with smaller diameters and the big hitters were routinely hitting 350 and even 400 yards and just blowing away courses.  So, they standardized the ball at the current diameter and weight to dial back distance.
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Re: Ancient equipment
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2017, 12:50:21 pm »

Your point?  It is still a long way.

Considering the average drive was 200 yards according to that article, the drive that was recorded at 361 yards and wind aided is somewhat suspect.
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« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2017, 01:01:03 pm »

Considering the average drive was 200 yards according to that article, the drive that was recorded at 361 yards and wind aided is somewhat suspect.

Did anyone claim it was average or anything other than unusual? 
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