The Gutta Percha golf ball or "Guttie" was the golf ball that led to the demise of the "Featherie" that led the world of golf balls for over 200 years.
The Gutta Percha didnt last nearly as long but it was the important step that led to the golf balls we play today.
Gutties were made from a rubber like sap from the Gutta tree in the tropics, the Gutta percha was invented in Scotland around 1848, at first they had a smooth sphere but soon were to be patterned which helped the guttie to give a closer performance to the featherie. The much cheaper price of the Gutta Percha's had already one most golfers over and the patterned gutties got most of the rest.
The Gutta Percha golf balls had a short time at the top though with the introduction of the one piece rubber ball in 1898 and this ball was widely used by 1901.
The gutta Percha golf balls are now very collectible ansd sought after by most if not all golf ball collectors.