The Origin of the Basic Golf Accessories

In golfing, players need to use different accessories while playing. These golf accessories differ in functionality. Each also has an interesting origin. If you are to play golf, it is essential that you know these things well. You also have to know how to pick the accessory that will help you play and score better.

Ball Markers
•Function

When a player lifts his golf ball to align it; cleans it; moves it if it’s in the line of his opponent’s ball; or inspects it if it’s been damaged or not, he has to use a ball marker to mark the position of the ball.

Ball markers are small and flat; they look like circular disks.

•History

Golf is believed to have started in the 15th century but it was not until the 1950s that ball markers became popular. During the early years of golf, when the player’s ball was in the way of his opponent’s golf ball, he needs to putt around it; this process is called stymie.

Golf AccessoriesThe United States Golf Association permitted the use of ball markers in the early 1950s. It was stated in the rules that anything can be used as ball markers. Players then frequently used coins to mark the position of their balls. After some time, different golf courses had thought of making a special kind of ball marker which is made of plastic and metal. They often imprinted their logos on these ball markers.

Later on, golf equipment manufacturers created ball markers of different shapes, styles, and sizes.

•Different types

These golf accessories have different types. The first one is Pronged Ball Marker; it is flat, thin, circular, and often imprinted with logos of tournament sponsors (these are used as giveaways during golf tournaments). Next is Flat Ball Marker; it is like a thin disk made of metal, it is heavier than other types of ball markers, and it can also be printed with different designs and logos on both sides.

The last type is Magnetic Ball Marker. It has an additional feature. There is a magnet attached on its back. This marker also has clip so that you may attach it to your belt, hat, bag, gloves, and neckpiece.

•Things to consider when purchasing them

You have to consider the size and shape. Your ball marker must be small so that it will not interfere with your opponents’ shot, but it has to be big enough to be seen. You also have to consider the color; a colorful and bright ball marker can be distracting. The perfect color choices are brown and green; they both blend with the golf course.

As for budget, plastic ball markers are more affordable than metal. If you are not on a budget, you can choose a metal ball marker studded with crystals. It is a good investment as it is extremely durable.

Tees
•Function

On the first stroke of every hole, a tee is used to hold the ball from the teeing ground. Teeing gives advantage for drive shots. These golf accessories are spike-like objects which have cup heads to hold to ball.

•Etymology

The word “tee” is believed to have originated from the Old Scottish word “teaz” which plural form is “tie”. In 1673, “teaz” appeared in the Wedderburn’s Vocabulary as an equivalent of a support or prop used in golf.

•History

Before, to elevate the golf ball for a drive, a small heap of sand is used. The sand is provided in boxes; thus, the term “tee boxes” later became “teeing ground”.

Golfers back then also used disposable tea cup to lift the ball off the turf. The first tees which are close to the regular tees nowadays were called “Perfectum”. They featured a rubber and iron peg. The ball rested on the Perfectum’s head made of rubber pins.

Golf Gloves
•Function

Gloves are used to protect the golfers’ hand. These golf accessories also provide a better grip on the golf club which results to a solid swing. Right-handed golfers should wear gloves on their left hand. Alternatively, left-handed golfers must wear gloves on their right hand. The non-dominant hand is the one that suffers a lot during a game.

•History

Golf gloves first appeared in the market in 1800s. They were developed to solve the problem of slippery grips on golf clubs and also to prevent golfers from having blisters and calluses. Unfortunately, they failed to provide a good grip. This led people to get rid of their gloves. Club makers then worked to develop better grips on their products so gloves were completely taken for granted.GolfThe change in perceptions happened when Sam Snead, a popular golfer of the 1940s was wearing gloves in competitions. In 1980, a leather manufacturer developed soft and comfortable leather gloves. This is when golf gloves finally became popular not only among professionals, but also among amateur players.