Thursday, February 20

How Dr. George Franklin Grant's Small Improvement Revolutionized Golf



IMAGINE GOLF WITHOUT THE MODERN GOLF TEE.

That's the way it was until men such as Dr. George Franklin Grant (1846-1910) arrived on the scene in the late 19th century.

Dr. Grant was an African American who, in 1899, patented an improved wooden tee that "consisted of a wood cone with a rubber sleeve to support the ball," according to Wikipedia.

(Dr. Grant was also the first African American professor at Harvard and a Boston dentist.)

Now golf balls fly prodigious distances. But it wouldn't be so without a small improvement conceived more than a century ago.

More from the USGA:
Dr. George Grant and Evolution of the Golf Tee

1 comment:

Oneunder said...

Neil your comments are very specific and on target. This one little subject has been quite controversial over time. When I wrote my piece a few years back I received a number on unpleasant emails even though what I posted were Dr. Grant's own words.
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