Chapter three documents the evolution of the iron. It begins by examining the early irons, both square and round toe, made between 1600-1850. Lofting Irons, those implements used to escape sand and rocks between 1850 and 1890, are also presented. So, too, are Cleeks, the shallow blade irons used between 1850 and 1890, and Track irons, the circa 1830-1890 clubs made with extremely small silver-dollar-size heads. The chapter concludes by presenting Iron sets as they came into being in the 1920s.

  • The early iron shown dates to the 1600s. Note how the toe on this iron is square. This is a distinctive feature found on the earliest known irons. Of course the earliest irons are also large, heavy, and ruggedly handsome!