Frank Thomas Traces History of Golf Equipment Rules in New Book, 'From Sticks and Stones'

While much of your summer will be spent reading greens, here's a great book to keep handy in the event of such things as weather delays or the lights being turned off at the driving range: "From Sticks and Stones: The Evolution of Golf Equipment Rules."

It's the game's newest history book, authored by Frank Thomas, one of the men most involved in writing the rules that set the boundaries for today's golf equipment.

Thomas served as Technical Director of the United States Golf Association for more than 25 years before resigning in 2000. He conducted or oversaw the testing of every technological advancement in golf balls, clubheads, shafts, grips and accessories during the most active and innovative periods in the history of golf.

"Frank Thomas has written the definitive book on the evolution of equipment as it pertains to the Rules of Golf...," says Wally Uihlein, Chairman and CEO, Acushnet Company. "This is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of the game and how golf equipment has evolved over the past century."

In "From Sticks and Stones," Thomas and co-author Valerie Melvin offer a comprehensive history of golf’s equipment regulations before, during and after Thomas' tenure with the USGA, as well as a detailed analysis of those regulations' effects on the game.

Readers will get an inside look at how golf’s governing bodies – the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and the USGA – have dealt with equipment innovation and the Rules of Golf from the first mention of “Form and Make of Golf Clubs” in 1908 to the ultra-sophisticated calibrations of today.

“The object of this book,” Thomas writes, “is to provide a written document of how, why and when equipment had been regulated and to consider the effect of these regulations.”

"From Sticks and Stones" is available now and can be purchased for $24.95 USD directly through Thomas’ website at the following link: