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The first golf balls in the 14th century were made of solid hardwood. From the end of the middle ages until the 19th century, featheries, painted leather balls stuffed with feathers, were considered superior but were more expensive. In 1848, the gutta-percha ball, shaped from dried sap, was invented and players found that balls with nicks and indents flew more consistently and farther than those with smooth surfaces. Thus, began an era until 1930 when golf ball makers experimented with symmetrical patterns and textures. In 1898, Coburn Haskell created balls with rubber cores wrapped in rubber thread and housed in sap-based shells. The Haskell balls', like there predecessors, also had experimental surfaces. The first dimple, or concave pattern, was a square mesh, which was manufactured from the 1900s-1930s. Eventually, this evolved into the round dimples used today.