April 11, 1942

Clubs, Balls Out for the Duration
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Golf clubs have joined golf balls as casualties of war. On Thursday, the War Production Board (WPB) issued an order to ban the use of iron, steel, plastics, and cork in the production of golf clubs beginning May 31 of this year. Production of golf balls has been stopped as of April 1. As the WPB order stated, in part, “…since golf clubs cannot be made without metal, and golf balls cannot be made without rubber…manufacturers of such equipment have been drafted for the duration.” The WPB has deemed the current supply sufficient to meet demand, leaving the upcoming golf season largely unaffected. There are an estimated two million golfers in the country.

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