The players wore cloths that were completly unsuitable for playing golf, and this restricted the length of the swing. The clubs had a lie that was about 10 degrees flatter than today and this promoted a very flat swing, as did the closed stance The club was held in the palm's of both hands and the hands did not touch each other.Drives of more than 150 meters were considered exceptional.
!850-1900, (Guttie period)
The clubs had a less flat lie and the swing became a little more upright, and an open stance was common. The swing became a lot longer and the leg action a lot more pronuced. The shoulder turn was often far past 90 degrees, but the swing remained rythmical. Shots of 180+ meters were possible.
1900-1930 (3 piece ball / hickory period)
The less restrictive clothes worn by players made things easiler. Harry Vardon popularised the modern overlapping grip. The swing is more reconisable as a modern swing, the biggest differences being an inside takeaway and a bent left arm at the top of the swing.In the period of unrestricted golf balls drivers of 250 meters were common.