1. Golf balls were originally made of wood. Later, they were made from boiled feathers stuffed into stitched leather known as “featheries”. The modern, and cheaper, golf ball filled with gutta-percha was not developed till 1848.
2. There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
3. Balls travel significantly further on hot days. A golfer swinging a club at around 100 mph will carry the driver up to eight yards longer for each increase in air temperature of 25°F.
4. Approximately 20 million golf balls are lost in water hazards in the UK each year.
5. Phil Mickelson, who plays left-handed, is actually right handed. He learned to play golf by mirroring his father’s golf swing, and he has used left handed golf clubs ever since.
6. The chances of making two holes-in-one in a round of golf are one in 67 million.
7. The youngest golfer to shoot a hole-in-one, known to Will and Guy, was Coby Orr, who was five years old at the time. It happened in Littleton, Colorado, USA, in 1975. That is unless you know better. Tiger Woods was 8 years old says Will.
8.Golf was banned in Scotland from 1457 to 1502 to ensure citizens wouldn’t waste time when preparing for an English invasion.
9. 80% of all golfers will never achieve a handicap of less than 18.
10. Golfers use an estimated $800 USD million worth of golf balls annually. [Approx £52 million GBP]