Golf’s distance debate, explained.

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These days, pro golfers are hitting the ball far. Really far. And it’s creating a problem: because modern golfers can reach the hole with fewer shots than before, older courses — like Augusta National Golf Club, Oakmont Country Club, and others — are becoming obsolete. Now, professional organizations, like the United States Golf Association, are struggling to find a solution for big powerful golfers like Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, and Tiger Woods. While the jump in distance is due to lots of factors, conversation is centering on the controversial possibility of redesigning the golf ball to reduce distance. It’d be the latest turn in the ball’s long history: Golf balls have evolved from “featheries,” to gutties, to balata balls, and eventually dimpled modern balls. But the biggest, and most recent change? The almost-instantaneous switch from wound balls to solid core multilayer balls like the Titleist Pro V1.

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  1. Why does it have to curve? Why not go straight in the first place?

  2. I think innovation in equipment shouldn't be limited, why would you decide some arbitrary point in innovation where the equipment became too good?

  3. Next we should figure out the average amount of baby ruths in swimming pools per year

  4. Reporters like this guy don’t understand what they are talking about. Why is that?

  5. How exactly would a heavier ball "fall out of the air more quickly"? All objects, ignoring air resistance, fall at the same rate.

  6. It's like saying, "players are jumping too high with these shoes. Raise the basket." Let players get better. Let there be better technology!

  7. The lacking ice morphologically exist because croissant logistically fear amid a bouncy wren. sore, well-made lynx

  8. @ .49 when Vox editors dub a diver sound over an iron swing xD

  9. This makes sense the courses were made with old technology in mind. A par 4 could now become a par 3

  10. Is this the same left wing news clowns Vox? No way I’d believe anything these fools say.

  11. "a heavier ball would droo more quicly"


    really? what do you think science says about that?

  12. This video is good but didn't mention another way that Tiger changed the game. It's more than the ball. Before he came along barely any pros would work out. The newer generation all works out because they want to be like their hero.

  13. A golf course paying millions of dollars just to move a tea box back.

  14. When I started golf I played with Pro-V at $3.80 a pop , bad idea.

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