Equipment evolution- intensive 1

Sand wedges, bunkers, ball history, and characters from the history of golf.

The club we know as a sand wedge today owes its relatively short history to a number of influencing factors. One of the biggest influencers was the bunker.

Not many facts are known about when and where the bunker really came from, but it would seem our forefathers were not especially aware of the difficulties the holes in the ground with sandy surroundings caused them.

They took little time to create a specialized club to overcome their problems. The likely reason for this was firstly the ball that was in use until the middle of the nineteenth, the feathery, and secondly the different technique required if using iron clubs.

Etching used for the magnificent George Reid painting shown in the Royal Academy of Art in Edinburgh, Scotland