golf ball noun gälf bol; date: 1545 1 : a small hard dimpled ball used in golf; 2 : the spherical printing element of an electric typewriter or printer The first golf balls, used in the mid-1500s in Scotland, were wood. The featherie, which followed, was made from a "gentleman’s hat full" of wet feathers stuffed and sewn into a wet inch-and-a-half leather pouch. After the feathers expanded and leather shrunk, golfers had a ball as hard as a golf balls today. A cheaper golf ball, the ...

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