Heritage item of the week: golf club
This week’s heritage item is a golf club. Golf was likely invented by 15th-century Scottish shepherds, who entertained themselves by hitting anything they could find into holes and at targets. Their game evolved over the next few centuries, and in 1860 the first Open Championship was played at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in Scotland, marking the beginning of modern golf. Some club heads were made of beech while the shafts were fashioned from hickory, a wood whose elasticity allowed for the maximization of torque in a swing. Prior to that most club heads were made of thorn wood or fruitwood and were fixed to ash shafts.