Golf Gifts: For the Experienced Golfer

Written by Ernie Horning

Whether it be Fathers Day, Mothers Day, Christmas, birthday, or any other gift giving occassion, a golf gift for an experienced player is a sure winner, if it'srepparttar RIGHT gift.

Let me start by saying that experienced golfers and novice golfers are two entirely different players with different wants and needs when it comes to their golf games. The experienced golfer has been playing for quit some time and probably has developed personal preferences inrepparttar 136439 types of balls, clubs and equipment he or she uses while playing.

Purchasing a set of new clubs for an experienced player might be a nice idea. However, you would definitely want them to be involved inrepparttar 136440 selection and buying process. You want to be sure they are even inrepparttar 136441 market for a new set of clubs, and that they getrepparttar 136442 right clubs. Many experienced or good golfers become very attached to their clubs, or very selective when purchasing a new set. Also, many experienced golfers have clubs "fitted" for their body style and game, so they need to be includedrepparttar 136443 process of buyingrepparttar 136444 clubs. You wouldn't want to purchase them a set of clubs that they would never use, or that are not appropriate for their level of play.

Golf balls are always a welcome gift, provided they arerepparttar 136445 right brand and type. Many experienced golfers are as selective with their golf balls as they are with their clubs. You can easily find out what ball they play through general conversation, or from someone who knows them or their golf game quite well. Again, purchasing an experienced golferrepparttar 136446 wrong brand or type of ball would just be foolish, they would never use them, except maybe for practice.

Your Best Link to the "Links"--A Brief History of Golf

Written by Larry Denton

Golf, as we know it today, originated from a game played onrepparttar eastern coast of Scotland duringrepparttar 136388 15th century. Players would hit a pebble around a natural course of sand dunes and rabbit trails using a stick or a primitive club.

Some historians believe thatrepparttar 136389 games of Kolven from Holland and Chole from Belgium influencedrepparttar 136390 game. The latter being introduced into Scotland in 1421. However, while these are stick and ball games, they are missing that vital ingredient that is unique to golf--the hole. Whateverrepparttar 136391 argument, there is no dispute that Scotland gave birth torepparttar 136392 game we know today as golf.

The status and popularity of golf spread quickly throughoutrepparttar 136393 16th century due to it's royal endorsement. King Charles I broughtrepparttar 136394 game to England and Mary Queen of Scots, who was French, introducedrepparttar 136395 game to France while she studied there. In fact,repparttar 136396 term "caddie" stems fromrepparttar 136397 name given to her helpers who were cadets inrepparttar 136398 French military.

The Gentlemen Golfers of Leith (near Edinburgh) wasrepparttar 136399 first club(formed in 1744) to promote an annual competition and to draftrepparttar 136400 club's rules. The first reference to golf atrepparttar 136401 historic town of St. Andrews was in 1552. The now famous clubhouse was erected there in 1854 andrepparttar 136402 Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews becamerepparttar 136403 premier golf club because of it's fine course,repparttar 136404 publication of rules, and it's promotion ofrepparttar 136405 game as a proper sport.

By this time, golfers were using proper clubs and balls. Club heads were made from beech wood and some heads were made from hand-forged iron. Shafts were usually ash or hazel wood. Balls were made from tightly packed feathers wrapped in a stitched horse-hide sphere.

The industrial revolution brought with it many social and economic changes. The growth of railroads gave rise to mass tourism and forrepparttar 136406 first time, ordinary people could explorerepparttar 136407 countryside as weekend visitors. Golf courses popped up all overrepparttar 136408 United Kingdom and people could enjoyrepparttar 136409 challenge of playing a different one each week.

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