Think $40 is steep for a dozen golf balls? Try paying $100! In 1945!
During World War II, a war-time rubber shortage caused the price of golf balls to soar. Players were dishing out Franklins just to get a box of balls to compete in the tournament that week.
The legendary Sam Snead found a way to save some cash though; the World Golf Hall of Famer won the 1945 Los Angeles Open using the same ball the entire tournament.
“You couldn’t get balls then,” Snead recalled. “I was playing $100 a dozen for balls. Before the tournament, Bing Crosby gave me a ball, a Spalding Dot, and I played with it throughout the four rounds. The cover was loose, but it kept going.”
Snead certainly took the “one-ball rule” to heart and it sure paid off.
Click HERE to watch him recall the 1945 Los Angeles Open, and give thanks tonight that a lost ball will only set you back a couple of bucks instead of full-day’s pay.