The golf ball that made golfers too good

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  • Published on: 15 March 2019
  • 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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COMMENTS: 40

  • Vox
    Vox   2 months ago

    Happy Friday everyone, thanks for watching our vidyas!

  • Max Caysey
    Max Caysey   11 hours ago

    If you want to talk crazy... Tiger Woods average 323 of the tee in 1997, the week he won the masters. If Tiger had had modern 2019 clubs back in 1997, he would have averaged about 30 yard longer of the tee!

  • Max Caysey
    Max Caysey   11 hours ago

    Whats causing this rise?1) Much more athletic pro golfers, who now all train for power and length off the tee.2) Drivers, that 1) Produces higher launch, 2) less spin, 3) have bigger sweet-spots for less ball speed loss on mishits and 4) have a lot less gear effect, meaning straighter drives, meaning you can swing all out without being afraid of a 50 yard slice.3) Longer and lighter shafts for increased swing-speed (In year 2000 Tigers driver had a 43,5" 130g steel shaft. Now its a 44.5" 60g graphite shaft)6) Balls with 1) more aerodynamic-efficient dimple patterns, 2) that produces less spin - which in turn creates longer carry.2) Shorter grass on the fairway, meaning longer rolls.All in all, its not the ball. If the balls hadn't changed since 2000, we woulds still see an increase in carry distance... and the average haven't really increased since 2000, when there were set a limit on the drivers. Its only been a few yards of average increase since year 2000, so its not the ball, its everything else mainly and the ball a little.Take a 2019 ProV1 and hit a driver from year 1999 and hit a driver from 2019. The carry difference will be about 15-20 yards. Now take a 2019 driver and hit a Titleist Professional 90 from 1997 and put it op against a 2019 ProV1, and you'll see about 10 yards more carry. Now consider then, that pros are becoming stronger, faster and more powerful and you have a potent mix. But in all honesty, the average distance on the pga tour haven't changes much since year 2000-ish.

  • Max Caysey
    Max Caysey   11 hours ago

    Whats causing this rise?1) Much more athletic pro golfers, who now all train for power and length off the tee.2) Drivers, that 1) Produces higher launch, 2) less spin, 3) have bigger sweet-spots for less ball speed loss on mishits and 4) have a lot less gear effect, meaning straighter drives, meaning you can swing all out without being afraid of a 50 yard slice.3) Longer and lighter shafts for increased swing-speed (In year 2000 Tigers driver had a 43,5" 130g steel shaft. Now its a 44.5" 60g graphite shaft)6) Balls with 1) more aerodynamic-efficient dimple patterns, 2) that produces less spin - which in turn creates longer carry.2) Shorter grass on the fairway, meaning longer rolls.All in all, its not the ball. If the balls hadn't changed since 2000, we woulds still see an increase in carry distance... and the average haven't really increased since 2000, when there were set a limit on the drivers. Its only been a few yards of average increase since year 2000, so its not the ball, its everything else mainly and the ball a little.Take a 2019 ProV1 and hit a driver from year 1999 and hit a driver from 2019. The carry difference will be about 15-20 yards. Now take a 2019 driver and hit a Titleist Professional 90 from 1997 and put it op against a 2019 ProV1, and you'll see about 10 yards more carry. Now consider then, that pros are becoming stronger, faster and more powerful and you have a potent mix. But in all honesty, the average distance on the pga tour haven't changes much since year 2000-ish.

  • Max Caysey
    Max Caysey   11 hours ago

    Whats causing this rise?1) Much more athletic pro golfers, who now all train for power and length off the tee.2) Drivers, that 1) Produces higher launch, 2) less spin, 3) have bigger sweet-spots for less ball speed loss on mishits and 4) have a lot less gear effect, meaning straighter drives, meaning you can swing all out without being afraid of a 50 yard slice.3) Longer and lighter shafts for increased swing-speed (In year 2000 Tigers driver had a 43,5" 130g steel shaft. Now its a 44.5" 60g graphite shaft)6) Balls with 1) more aerodynamic-efficient dimple patterns, 2) that produces less spin - which in turn creates longer carry.2) Shorter grass on the fairway, meaning longer rolls.All in all, its not the ball. If the balls hadn't changed since 2000, we woulds still see an increase in carry distance... and the average haven't really increased since 2000, when there were set a limit on the drivers. Its only been a few yards of average increase since year 2000, so its not the ball, its everything else mainly and the ball a little.Take a 2019 ProV1 and hit a driver from year 1999 and hit a driver from 2019. The carry difference will be about 15-20 yards. Now take a 2019 driver and hit a Titleist Professional 90 from 1997 and put it op against a 2019 ProV1, and you'll see about 10 yards more carry. Now consider then, that pros are becoming stronger, faster and more powerful and you have a potent mix. But in all honesty, the average distance on the pga tour haven't changes much since year 2000-ish.

  • Max Caysey
    Max Caysey   12 hours ago

    At 0:06... its only 510 yards par 5. Any pro hitting the fairway can easily get there in two... this is not a long hole. Hell, I could get there in two if I could hit the fairway with my driver!

  • Adam Levi
    Adam Levi   18 hours ago

    from your own data.. the average rose because golfers moved from wound ball (which favors accuracy) to an all-round ball(new tech)

  • Razor gaming
    Razor gaming   19 hours ago

    0:49 they synced his driver up with his iron

  • Brandon Chaney
    Brandon Chaney   1 days ago

    I’ve seen testing done and there is only a couple yard difference between modern and old golf balls. I’d say the main reason is clubs being delofted to hit farther and golfers getting stronger

  • Sufian Rana
    Sufian Rana   1 days ago

    STAPH WITH THESE RECOMMENDATIONS YOUTUBEYOU KNOW I'M WEAK.

  • Peter Moriarty
    Peter Moriarty   2 days ago

    You have to consider the rise of health and body training. Arnold Schwarzenegger has influenced the entire fitness world

  • michaelovitch
    michaelovitch   2 days ago

    get 1 inch higher soles,and 1 inch longer clubs.Longer lever,higher impact speed,greater distances.

  • Nemo Brailly
    Nemo Brailly   2 days ago

    people : this golf ball makes it too easygolf : no worries i will just buy this country club and make the course longergolf really is the sport for rich

  • Robert Tucker
    Robert Tucker   2 days ago

    Fukin fascists why ruin the fun. Just make the courses harder

  • drServitis
    drServitis   3 days ago

    NOW I KNOW MORE ABOUT GOLF BALLS.

  • Eric Walsh
    Eric Walsh   4 days ago

    Hey are players are really good at the game like it's just getting better and better what should we doRunning:let's make sure everyone has to have the same standerd of equipment for the race but other than that they can go nutsRugby:let's give the ref a camera on his body so we can make sure his calls are fair since these guys are so big and fast now it could be easier to make a mistake but let's let them be betterBasketball:these guys jump high alri let's just out them on a shoeLiterally every other sport:let's make sure that the game is still fair for everyone so they all have a bare minimum standerd equipment but let's not limit ingenuityGolf:WhAt ArE yUo DoInG sToP bEiNg GoOd At ThE GaMe Go BaCk To WhEn YoU wHeRe WoRsE

  • JeffyCD
    JeffyCD   4 days ago

    It’s funny because I live in Augusta

  • ruwawatson
    ruwawatson   5 days ago

    you just need to have a lvl cap on the players

  • Darren Spohn
    Darren Spohn   6 days ago

    The only golf I play is on video games. And I know ,long drives only really help on par 5 holes. They help to a lesser extent on par 4. Almost every hole has the potential for a birdie.

  • Andrew Hoback
    Andrew Hoback   6 days ago

    Honestly who cares if balls are going farther I mean other pros get to choose the same ball

  • ytubepuppy
    ytubepuppy   6 days ago

    I'm not worried, I have a lifetime supply of Pro V1 & Pro V1x balls. :-P

  • Chuck Davis
    Chuck Davis   6 days ago

    I'm not a golfer balls and sticks aren't my thing but an obvious solution would be to agree on the balls to be used before the whacking starts I'm serious if I don't like your balls I don't want to go whacking with you and if you have some kind of super techno balls and I only have my dimply old generic balls well whacking isn't gonna be much fun for either one of us now is it ? If your balls decide the outcome then forget whacking let's just see who's balls are more techno!!!

  • PhotoGeorge
    PhotoGeorge   1 weeks ago

    The first golf ball was made out of wood and it traveled about 75 yards on a good hit with a driver. The golf ball has been getting more efficient since then and over the years longer and longer. The new balls go a long way but they make the game of golf more exciting and watchable. I wouldn't change a thing about the golf ball.

  • Danna
    Danna   1 weeks ago

    So weak, i can hit the ball to the moon

  • StormRockOx Gaming
    StormRockOx Gaming   1 weeks ago

    So, this is just typical evolution. Why limit golfers when you can just increase the size of the field?

  • cyndie26
    cyndie26   1 weeks ago

    Hmmm... does this mean that to update golf courses to modern technology, the holes should be longer?

  • dino vukelic
    dino vukelic   1 weeks ago

    Yes more land getting used for golf is the answer.

  • Jayblez 42018
    Jayblez 42018   1 weeks ago

    Seems to me since the beginning of golf the balls always improved. Guess the courses need to update with the changes or go back to the hair balls 😴

  • brandon bentley
    brandon bentley   1 weeks ago

    So if I take a modern golf ball back to 1985 I'll be world champion...

  • Ryan Bell
    Ryan Bell   1 weeks ago

    Dear Vox,Why must you lie about EVERYTHING?"It's the steepest part of this trend line" (referring to 2000 to 2001)2000 273.182001 279.35Difference 6.172002 279.352003 286.30Difference 6.46Just say "One of the steepest" and be honest for once.

  • James Isaac
    James Isaac   1 weeks ago

    Why not change the course? It's not like they don't have the resources needed

  • Joe User
    Joe User   1 weeks ago

    Vox don't play golf i take it... because Wilson had a solid core ball - the Ultra back in the 80's. Not long after Wilson, there was Pinnacle- Titleist's other brandname that was solid well before the ProV. Also, there is a PGA rule that a ball can only fly x feet\second when hit with a clubhead speed of y(sorry i dont know the numbers off the top of my head). Old balls were not far short of the PGA limit. So while the ball helps, club improvement, swing improvement also help.