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Golf Equipment Innovations History

Since the late 19th century, Americans have seen numerous scientific advances that have significantly changed lives, from air travel to the television to the polio vaccine to the personal computer.

Golf, of course, was included...

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Vector Launch Monitor

 INNOVATION
The first affordable and portable system that provided instant
feedback on the exact ball speed, launch angle, back spin, side spin and distance of shots.

 IMPACT
The data captured by the monitor...

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Titleist Pro V1

 INNOVATION
The first popular solid-core, multi-layer ball. Although
solid-core balls had been in play for years (Mark O’Meara won the 1998 Masters and British Open using one), the Pro V1 was the first...

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Ping Eye2

 INNOVATION
The first popular perimeter-weighted cavity-back iron was also the first to feature progressive offset and bigger-volume grooves.

 IMPACT
The perimeter weighting boasted more than twice the moment of inertia of muscleback...

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Sarazen Sand Wedge

 INNOVATION
The very first club with a sole that had bounce, a trailing edge
lower than the leading edge.

 IMPACT
The wedge’s bounce, which has remained essentially unchanged, has
allowed generations of...

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Haskell Golf Ball 1898

 INNOVATION
The first two-piece ball, made of a tightly wound rubber core with a gutta-percha casing.

 IMPACT
Delivered an immediate, significant increase in distance for all golfers, mostly through increased roll and bounce over...

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Callaway Great Big Bertha

 INNOVATION
The first popular driver with a head made of a space-age metal
known as titanium, which is lighter and stronger than steel.

 IMPACT
The head size of 250cc was 25 percent...

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True Temper Steel Shafts

 INNOVATION
True Temper perfected the tapering process that had eluded other
manufacturers in making steel shafts, which overtook hickory shafts by 1935.

 IMPACT
Steel shafts were stronger, more consistent and had less...

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TaylorMade Rescue

 INNOVATION
The first popular club that was part iron and part fairway wood,
bridging the substantial gap between these two types of clubs that exist in most players’ games.

 IMPACT
Mainly meant...

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