Many people believe that golf evolved on the eastern coast of Scotland. Initially, there was no standard for design of golf clubs. Most clubs were hand-made by the players themselves. Moreover, the play and rules were random. Eventually, the game started being played in the United States in the late 1800s. Around 1856, Robert Forgan started using hickory wood to make clubs. It became the wood of choice for shafts due to its long lasting property.
Later in the year 1920 and by 1932, steel shafts were invented. Using these shafts Billi Burkey won the US open in the year 1931. Several other players such as Harry Vardon, Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones and many other players used steel shafts during their careers and had major wins. In 1932, Gene Sarazen, one of the world’s top players developed the modern sand wedge and used it in his British open victory.
Around 1959, the biggest innovation was made by the engineer Karsten Solheim. He invented the Ping Putter with more weight at the heel and toe to enable golfers to putt straighter. Graphite shafts and were available in the early 1970s. Further, in the year 1991, Callaway introduced the Big Bertha driver with an oversized metal head. In 2013, Taylor made introduced its R1 driver that can be adjusted to 12 different lofts and 7 different face angles. Every year, some or the other new golf club wonders are coming out.