Budget Golf Balls
The golf ball has undergone many upgrades and enhancements throughout its long life with several distinct stages: Wooden - Used from the mid 15th century the first golf balls were made from hardwoods such as beech. Often used in conjunction with wooden clubs a round of golf would have been a particularly jarring experience. Featherie - In 1618 the Featherie golf ball was invented and was used for nearly 250 years. These balls were made by stuffing wet goose feathers into a hand stitched wet leather ball. As it dried the leather shrunk and the feathers expanded creating a hard and compact ball.
This is partly due to the feedback from the golf ball as well as the contact from the putter. The fact is the golf ball is the only equipment that you used for every shot on your round of golf whereas you change to different type of clubs for different type of golf shots. It used to be that about a decade ago most balls fall into 2 categories. First are the ones used by the golfing professionals which have exceptional soft feel and high spin from the wound balata golf balls. These balls with high scoring spins provide these professionals with the ability to work the ball around the greens. However these balls lack driving distances and are poor in durability but these factors are not enough to affect the tour professionals as they can take the durability and the distance sacrifices for improved scoring spins.
At the same time you are likely to hit the ball further. The price of two-piece balls tends to be less meaning that they wont take a large bite out of your budget when they end up in the lake or the rough! Multi-Layer. Typically made of three or four layers in which the core is wrapped in one or two layers the multi layer golf ball is usually preferred by Tour players for the extra control it offers. Three-piece. These have a large synthetic core a thin mantel and a cover. Sometimes tungsten weights are used in the middle of the synthetic core for optimised weight centering. Four-piece. These multi-layer golf balls have a smaller inner core surrounded by an outer core similar to the three-piece ball. This is then surrounded by a thin mantel and a cover.
By 1890 golf balls were formed in iron moulds and the Bramble design with raised spherical bumps resembling a raspberry became the most popular ball of the Guttie era. Rubber - The advent of the rubber ball changed the face of golf as we know it. Invented by Coburn Haskell in 1898 it featured a solid rubber core wrapped in rubber thread. Early Gutta-percha covers soon gave way to the Balata cover that was introduced in the early 1900s. Although they looked like Gutties the average golfer could gain an extra 20 yards off the tee. So the guttie gave way to the aerodynamically superior dimple pattern first used in 1908 and still being used today.