PATENTED GOLF CLUBS AND BALLS
As the golf ball moved from the feather-filled ball of the early 19th Century to the harder gutta percha ball, it meant that iron clubs were more useful to a golfer. As the design and variety of irons became more successful, the mablick and niblick were introduced . While the earlier golfer had mainly wooden clubs and maybe one iron, the composition of the clubs a golfer carried on the course began to reverse.
As there was not yet a restriction on the amount of clubs a player could carry, clubs were made, bought and carried for every possible shot.