1. In past time Golf balls were made of leather and feathers
Of all sporting equipment, the golf ball has amiably borne the biggest changes.
In the 19th century, golf balls also known by the name of “feathery” or “featherie” ball. This contrivance was a hand-sewn, round, leather pouch packed with chicken or goose feathers and painted white.
2. Athletic shoes make up 20% of all shoe sales in the U.S.
The shoe market is listlessly saturated with variety and choice like boots, heels, and sandals.
In U.S. athletic shoes make up 20% sales. When it comes to sporty footwear like, Nike, Adidas, then these brands comes under the category of dominating brands. But, if you’re speaking specifically about sneakers, Nike is the reigning champion, claiming 90% of all basketball sneaker sales.
3. In 1986, the first yellow tennis ball was used at Wimbledon
Don’t you ever feel that why tennis balls are yellow? The answer is quite simple: this is the most vibrant colour which makes the ball easier to see.
This luminous yellow the new standard for tennis sets by the Wimbledon
4. 7 pitches is the Average lifespan of a baseball
According to field experts, the average lifespan of a baseball is just seven pitches.
5. A Spalding basketball has a lifespan of 10,000 bounces
A Spalding basketball is made of a synthetic rubber and leather material.
10,000 bounces are the average lifespan of Spalding basketball that means that, for recreational use, a basketball should last between 4-5 years.
6. The cords on tennis rackets used to be made with sheep innards
When tennis rackets were first developed, sheep or goat intestines were used for the strings. Although it may sound a little gross, these materials were actually ideal for stringing rackets because of their soft, yet resilient nature.
7. In 2008, the Speedo’s LZR Racer swimsuit was banned from the Olympics
Speedo’s LZR Racer was a line of competition swimsuits released in February 2008.
The speciality of This LZR Racer was created to allow for better oxygen flow to the muscles and to help hold the body in a more hydrodynamic position.
Of course, controversy broke out. Questions were raised, Was this suit really helping athletes break records? Public opinions were mixed, but by the end of the year FINA (the International Swimming Federation) banned all body length swimsuits (including Speedo’s LZR Racer suit) from the Olympics.
By – Tripti Varun
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