In the early days of the game, golf club sets as modern golfers know them today did not exist. A player couldn’t go to a golf shop or sporting goods store and try out the latest golf clubs. They had to go through a difficult process to put together a set of clubs that allowed them to play and enjoy the game of golf.
Golfers had to seek out club makers who were gifted at making a certain types clubs and literally had to create a set of golf clubs that suited their games. For instance, a particular club maker may be very skilled at making putters, but struggle to make a quality wood.
Furthermore, not all traditional golf clubs were great clubs. In fact, many of them were not very good. The only way to determine if a club was the right fit for a player was to try it out on the course. This was a tedious trial and error process. It could literally take years to assemble a set of quality golf clubs.
As the popularity of golf soared in the 1920’s, golf manufacturers saw an opportunity to expand the game of golf and grow their businesses by creating a complete set of golf clubs. It was much easier to market and sell a complete set of golf clubs to the general public who wanted to learn how to play golf.
The first official set of golf clubs sets were introduced in the mid to late 1920’s. Technological advances made it easier for manufactures to make a consistent set of clubs that would create a quality playing experience.
Another factor contributing to the introduction of the modern golf set was the club numbering system introduced in the mid 1920’s. This systemization replaced the colorful names for golf clubs such as the cleek, spoon, brassie, etc. This also led to the standardization of loft, lie, and shaft links beginning in the 1930’s.
The golf industry has always been driven by innovation and technological advances. Modern golf clubs are technological marvels in comparison to what the earlier generations of golfers had to play with. It would be fun to see what the great players of the past could do with a set of today’s golf clubs!