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Roy Water Iron Prior to 1899, there was no such thing as "casual water" in the rule book. For the early golfer trying to avoid penalty strokes, playing from water was part of life. In 1879, W.G. Roy devised this iron for use in sand, mud or water. It was quickly deemed ineffective, as it was almost impossible to avoid striking the ball twice. The club shown sold privately in 1992 for $20,000. A study of the golf club, from the oldest to the newest, shows creative minds at work. Across the years, a wide variety of clubs were made with the goal of solving the golfer's problems, but alas, most did not, at least not to the desired extent. Still, golfers continue to search for clubs that will help them play just a little better and clubmakers continue to create new implements designed to do just that. evolution Testing the limits of golf club design theory of by Jeffery Ellis The revised and expanded second edition of The Clubmaker's Art by Jeffery B. Ellis is the most complete, in-depth book on antique golf clubs ever written. The two volume set was named one of the top 10 golf books of the 20th century. For more information, visit Jeff Ellis Collectibles. The Collins Driver This driver, covered under a 1911 British patent, contains a measuring mechanism: the harder the ball hits the spring-loaded face, the further back the disk atop the head moves. The more off- center the hit, the more the disk rotates. Hardingham Putter In December of 1905 Arthur Hardingham received a British patent that covered his T-frame putter, designed to aid alignment. To prevent the long alignment bar from scuffing the ground during the golfer's stroke, the rear of the sole rounds up.

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