Golf is a recreational and competitive sport where players hit a golf ball into a hole with a club in as few strokes as possible. Originating in Scotland, the first major golf tournament began in 1860. Golf is played by individuals who compete on a course of either 9 or 18 holes and professionally over the span of multiple days. Players utilize various clubs to tee off from a tee box, and aim towards the fairway or putting green where a putter is then used to direct the ball into the hole cup. With a diverse variety of equipment and locations, golf is an incredibly versatile sport.

When was golf invented?

Golf dates to the period between 960 to 1279 in China during the Song Dynasty era, but in today's game, it's been traced to 1457 in Scotland when players used feather-stuffed balls and club-shaped tree branches to play golf at that time.

What is a birdie in golf?

Birdie is a golf term that originated in the United States and means a score of a 1-under par score on any single golf hole by a golfer. Meaning getting a birdie is a very good score, and the only score better is an Ace (Hole-in-One).

How many clubs are in a golf bag?

The most clubs you can have in a bag are 14, but in standard cases, average golfers carry 12 clubs while professional golfers carry 13 or 14 clubs. According to the USGA (United States Golf Association), the combination of clubs can vary in woods, irons, and wedges.


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The Golf Ball is the type of ball that is used to play golf. The golf ball should be able to perform within specific velocity, distance, and symmetry limits. The specifications of the golf ball are controlled by The Royal & Ancient Gulf Club of St. Andrews and the United States Golf Association.

A golf ball should be spherically with about 300 to 500 dimples that help increase their velocity while in play. Golf balls are traditionally white, while some have become available in other colors.

Golf Balls have a diameter of 1.68” (42.67 mm) and circumference of 5.28” (134.05 mm). The mass of a Golf Ball is 1.62 oz (45.93 g).

Measured illustration of a Golf Ball dimensioned with overall diameter and circumference
The Golf Ball is the type of ball that is used to play golf. The golf ball should be able to perform within specific velocity, distance, and symmetry limits. The specifications of the golf ball are controlled by The Royal & Ancient Gulf Club of St. Andrews and the United States Golf Association.

Golf Balls have a diameter of 1.68” (42.67 mm) and circumference of 5.28” (134.05 mm). The mass of a Golf Ball is 1.62 oz (45.93 g).

Measured illustration of a Golf Ball dimensioned with overall diameter and circumference
Golf Ball
Height:
1.68” | 42.67 mm (Diameter)
Width:
Length:
Depth:
Weight:
1.62 oz | 45.93 g
Area:

Circumference: 5.28” | 134.05 mm

Materials: Rubber core; surlyn cover
Surface: 300-500 dimples

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Golf Ball Elevations (various)

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