Gutta Percha Hammered Golf Ball c1860
The Gutta Percha ball was the first major development in the evolution of the golf ball as it made golf attainable for the masses.
Artisans made the ball from the resin of the Sapodilla tree indigenous to Malaysia.
There were three key development stages of the Gutta Percha golf ball; the Smooth Ball c1840, the Hammered Ball c1860, and the Bramble Ball c1890.
The Hammered Ball was the second Gutta Percha ball. Players found that when the Smooth Ball was marked, it improved the ball's flight, so they developed the scratched Hammered Ball. And then the dimple pattern Bramble Ball. Many modern balls are similar to the Bramble Ball. You can use this handmade Gutta Percha ball to play golf.
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Dr Robert Paterson invented the Gutta Percha ball in 1845. He found some chunks of rubber in his luggage from India, and he used them to make a golf ball. He found that this rubber could be readily moulded, and it was hard and durable.
The Gutta Percha ball was the first major development in the evolution of the golf ball as it made golf attainable for the masses. The ball was made from the resin of the Sapodilla tree indigenous to Malaysia and originally imported for use in dentistry. When heated in hot water, the resin was found to become very soft and easy to shape.
Later balls also had patterns that could affect the flight of the ball. The modern ball has a dimple pattern which was a follow on from the Gutta Percha period. The Bramble version was the version that most resembles modern dimple patterns. This ball is a close resemblance to an authentic Gutta Percha and is playable. Handmade in St Andrews, Scotland