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Origines et Evolutions

1744
First written code of rules. Rule 1 stated: "You must tee your ball within a club's length of the hole."
1850
With the introduction of the gutta percha ball a new rule provided that if a ball broke up in flight another ball could be dropped without penalty where the largest piece was found
1891
Time allowed in searching for a ball reduced from 10 to five minutes.
1897
Formation of the R&A Rules of Golf Committee.
1909
Limits on the form and make of clubs applied for the first time.
1922
Restrictions on the size and weight of golf balls imposed in an effort to limit the distance they would travel.
1929
Steel shafts became legal for the first time.
1939
Only 14 clubs to be carried from this date.
1949
To stop the spread of slow play, committees were empowered to disqualify players who unduly delayed others. Modified in 1952 to loss of hole or two-stroke penalty, with disqualification for repeated offences.
1952
First world code agreed between R&A and USGA. Stymie abolished - players no longer forced to chip over an opponent's ball coming to rest between their ball and the hole in match play.
1960
Distance measuring devices banned.
1984
Ball no longer dropped over the player's shoulder, but at arm's length and at shoulder height.
1990
The 1.68-inch ball becomes the only legal ball, marking the demise of the 1.62 British ball.
 
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