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First published 1968 (SND Vol. VII).
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PUTTY, n. A jocular or familiar name for a patent type of golf-ball (see quot.).Fif. 1897 R. Forgan Golfer's Manual 41:
The “Eclipse” patent ball appeared, said to contain a mixture of cork-filings, india-rubber, and other unknown substances . . . Confirmation of this verdict on the “Gutty v. Putty” question (the “putty” being the popular name for the “Eclipse”) came from an unexpected quarter.

[Jocular use of Eng. putty, suggesting the filling of the ball, and no doubt influenced by the rhyme with Guttie, q.v.]

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