Watch Now Argentina vs Iceland The golf ball that made golfers too good


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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33 thoughts on “Watch Now Argentina vs Iceland The golf ball that made golfers too good”

  1. No joke I’ve done this exact shot before. Obviously not the same hole at the same course, but exact same layout and concept.

    With a pro v1.

  2. A heavier ball will not fall out of the air more quickly. It will drive farther against air resistance and hang that much longer or not fly as high because the extra mass is harder to start the initial movement and just won’t go as high in the first place. Note that weight has nearly no bearing on the speed in which something falls in an atmosphere. Get your science straight, please.

  3. *_Make. Courses. More. Difficult._*

    Basketball went from *_Converse_* to *_Air Max’s,_* footballs’ went from *_pigskins_* to *_manufacturered leather._* When you stifle innovation, you also stifle growth. Unless the technology harms players or fundamentally curbs against the rules of the game, then let them balls fly, and let technology advance.

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