The golf ball that made golfers too good

  • Published on Mar 15, 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 • 3 379

  • Vox
    Vox  Month ago +1745

    Happy Friday everyone, thanks for watching our vidyas!

    • Gerberger
      Gerberger 17 days ago

      Your non-political stuff is actually watchable...

    • MrSolidBlake
      MrSolidBlake 26 days ago +1

      Vox do you know your channel is called like a fascist Spanish politician party? Lol

    • Misan
      Misan 26 days ago

      hello, why can't chickens fly?

    • Official Spartacat
      Official Spartacat 26 days ago

      +Guy Man you do know the difference between capitalism and corporatism right besides they both start with the c

    • Official Spartacat
      Official Spartacat 26 days ago

      Is this video is accurate is how to build a gaming PC if so it's amazing

  • Stasichka
    Stasichka 8 hours ago +1

    This has literally been stuck in my recommended for over a month now im trying to watch it to make it go away

  • GameOfShibe
    GameOfShibe 15 hours ago

    Tried to avoid this video for 1 month... TheXvid is rough

  • Jesse Hodges
    Jesse Hodges Day ago +1

    Oakmont obsolete? It remains one of the hardest courses in golf. Dustin Johnson won the US Open at -4 and Paula Creamer at -3 and Angel Cabrera at +5 in 2007. 😂 come on man. Ever watched golf?

  • jake glozier
    jake glozier Day ago

    Golfer *plays well*
    Opponents *not fair*

  • Evan McGough
    Evan McGough Day ago

    I hate golf, but the noise of the clubs hitting the ball is so oddly satifying.

  • Jagroop Dhillon
    Jagroop Dhillon Day ago

    How about making the courses longer ie having near 500 yd Par 4’s?

  • ankomono
    ankomono Day ago

    nice, I love the ending

  • Christian Ivarsson

    I have no idea what they suffer from but this is pure madness... Does it really matter when all players has the same advantage?

  • BigTrouble444
    BigTrouble444 Day ago

    Oh please... Let them play the better ball... It'll allow for more dramatic play and higher TV ratings right? Win win for everyone... I say allow steroid use too... I mean if the athlete knows the risks and still wants too risk his or her health just for the sake of being the best athlete in any given sport I say why not... Go for it... You'll be a shooting star that'll be dead by age 49 but you'll be a legend and the game will be more exciting.... Or you can choose NOT to take steroids and remain a normal human... Your choice... With one caviat... No sueing anyone when your body starts to rot due to self inflicted damage caused by the steroids...

  • Obr Kenobi
    Obr Kenobi Day ago

    Yea, just make the courses bigger.

  • The Golf Life
    The Golf Life Day ago

    The golf ball is probably 1/10th of why everyone’s hitting it farther. New tech like the go quad let’s pros optimize every club in the bag by finding the perfect shafts, seeing their strike with high speed cameras and much more.

  • Pilotgolfer 84
    Pilotgolfer 84 2 days ago

    Guess what. They all have access to the same equipment. So other than the optics of scores getting lower and lower, it’s still fair competition. So who cares?

  • Peter McGill
    Peter McGill 2 days ago

    Contrary to the opinion of the USGA and its open, perhaps we shouldn't be too caught up on what par is anymore. Better to see a champion at 13 under rather than footage of curators desperately watering greens during the course of play...

  • Ismail Amiri
    Ismail Amiri 2 days ago

    Why am I watching this? I don't even play golf...

  • Redstone
    Redstone 2 days ago

    *_Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions_*

  • Jonas Ramkhelawan
    Jonas Ramkhelawan 2 days ago

    Is it possible that tournaments could have ball regulation rules as a solution?

  • yaboiGarrett
    yaboiGarrett 2 days ago

    0:49 I didn’t know irons sounded like that

  • TheGreatYukon
    TheGreatYukon 3 days ago

    Problem is, in my mind, golf takes up a crazy amount of room as it is and a ball that goes further only encourages even larger courses. That kind of land use isn't a problem in, say, the Midwest where there's a lot of room. But where I live, in Oregon? A lot of this land could be used by others so they stay out of the more undisturbed natural areas, or could be returned to nature. Yeah yeah, the dude from Oregon's a hippy that wants to help nature, maaaan. But honestly, that's important out here, and I'm actually fine with keeping land around so it can be SUSTAINABLY used by hunters and the timber industry. And surprise, timber is a big damn deal out here, though a lot of our golf land is in wide open areas that would be floodplains. A lot of our land is like that actually, something those of you dealing with the flooding currently hitting this area are very aware of.
    So, I could see an argument for reduced flight balls, or at the very least capping it where it is rather than expanding even further, because it's just going to encourage bigger courses, and potentially hose smaller country clubs that have to choose between being outdone by the big course, making its golfers use reduced flight balls, or selling cheap. But, maybe golfers will choose to use reduced flight balls because they think it's too much, like when my grandpa started bow hunting because hunting with his rifle was too easy and not fun anymore. I'd like that solution more, and maybe the pro scene would follow. But considering how slowly the change is happening, I wonder if that'll happen.

  • Deshawn Saunders
    Deshawn Saunders 3 days ago

    Snazzy music towards the end was snazzy. Great video!

  • Oh yeah Yeah
    Oh yeah Yeah 3 days ago

    Don’t care still think golf is boring

  • Ian Nelly
    Ian Nelly 4 days ago +1

    Bruh I swear this gold video turned into an ASMR from all the lip smacking.

  • Naief Alromi
    Naief Alromi 4 days ago

    Vox : so how cool do you want the thumbnail to be
    Designer : yes

  • Jimmy James
    Jimmy James 4 days ago

    Wow, for a minute there I thought vox, the rag that it is, was going to say it's because the golf ball is white. But I'm sure that's next 🤡

  • Firey Saediga
    Firey Saediga 4 days ago

    could just get rid of golf courses and use that mass of land for something useful instead.

  • Brad Carter
    Brad Carter 5 days ago

    I love Titleist balls. I have played them since I picked up golf at 7 years old(1994). But todays balls are so much better its ridiculous. But it isnt the only problem.. Drivers and fairway metals should be kept more in check than the ball.

  • Lukas Campaert
    Lukas Campaert 5 days ago

    I don't speak pick up truck

  • griffin harrel
    griffin harrel 5 days ago

    Has a ton to do with innovation in clubs

  • Pablo Quirós
    Pablo Quirós 6 days ago

    I think making golf courses exacerbates other problems, like deforestation and climate change.

  • Marco Abyss
    Marco Abyss 6 days ago

    i just started playing golf. this just showed up randomly on my recommended videos. youtube can read minds now.

  • SungBen
    SungBen 6 days ago +1


  • LeviaRiosh
    LeviaRiosh 7 days ago

    5:32 Modern provlems require modern solutions.

  • Kione
    Kione 7 days ago

    So the question is??
    Why tf I am watching these videos at 3 am, I don't even like golfs.

  • Ross Catto
    Ross Catto 7 days ago

    Being left handed is a gift.

  • Ergys Ura
    Ergys Ura 7 days ago

    Please at least add International units too.

  • Growth Curve Marketing

    Just spit-balling here, but perhaps introduce snipers... It would certainly speed up play, no?

  • sunny wong
    sunny wong 8 days ago

    I got a golf ad?

  • Sara M
    Sara M 8 days ago

    I'm wondering why did youtube recommend this to me this long time. I actually thought it's an *animation* about a golf ball, an actual *CHARACTER* that makes golfers too good! This is misleading

  • MaTtRoSs96
    MaTtRoSs96 8 days ago

    well done

  • nero wulfee92
    nero wulfee92 8 days ago

    And the problem is...?

  • interrobangings
    interrobangings 8 days ago +4

    abrupt, unsatisfying ending. you can do better

    • TonyZed68
      TonyZed68 7 days ago +1

      And it's not even a good answer. Not all clubs can modify things at will, and what will they do if balls get even better?

  • Smartest Temmie
    Smartest Temmie 9 days ago

    We COULD just abolish golf as a sport.

  • spaghetti servant
    spaghetti servant 9 days ago

    bad bda not good bad bad

  • John Smith
    John Smith 9 days ago

    I'm wondering why you didn't explain that second steep rise. What happened there?

  • Evan Walter
    Evan Walter 9 days ago

    I got a literal golf ad.

  • Hussein
    Hussein 9 days ago

    This is one of the most useless videos ever created

  • Oliver McKinley
    Oliver McKinley 9 days ago

    I think it's not a huge deal because even with a ball from another dimension made with nano technology, unless a ball is made that adjusts automatically somehow to get in the center, you still have to be able to square your clubface, swing on the correct plane, and aim to the right spot in order to play this game somewhat like the pros. That is not an easy feat. What will need to be addressed imho is if a driver comes out that literally doesn't care where the heck on the face you hit it, it'll still go straight and long. The skill needs to be maintained. One thing I would like to see eliminated is the greens reading books. If you don't know about this, look it up. I say the golfer on the hole either reads his putt, or he does not.

  • Punav Mirlekar
    Punav Mirlekar 9 days ago

    just add checkpoints

  • Faith McCrary
    Faith McCrary 9 days ago

    Vox is better than Zquil.

  • Dario Cano
    Dario Cano 10 days ago

    Would a dimpled plane fly faster

  • Svanzscape
    Svanzscape 10 days ago

    And later : *cummies*
    Filled with...

  • Etzerdlas Gaudistuben
    Etzerdlas Gaudistuben 11 days ago +1

    these chaps should play minigolf, m8s.

  • briank05
    briank05 11 days ago

    Ah Balls

  • Isaac Asad
    Isaac Asad 12 days ago

    as an avid non-golfer, i must say that this video is remarkably uninteresting to me

  • Callum Charnholm
    Callum Charnholm 12 days ago +1

    This is the best TheXvid comment section😂

  • George Island
    George Island 12 days ago +2

    Golf was invented when Bilbo Baggins' father knocked the troll king's head into a gopher hole, creating the sport of golf. ;)

  • Stormツ
    Stormツ 12 days ago

    Welcome back to another episode of youtube recommendations

  • C Nebula
    C Nebula 13 days ago +1

    3:39 that chart is very misleading. It seemed as if the multi-layered ball is medium on both Distance and Accuracy.
    You should have drawn it like a square, with axes being Distance and Accuracy.

  • Simon Hirst
    Simon Hirst 13 days ago +2

    Golf is the only sport where you get to choose what to play with rather than the governing body. Why? Money. In squash the Pros play a different grade of ball. You can play it too but it's better to play a ball of your skill level. The golf ball will keep going further because the manufacturers will simply take the governing body to court if you limit them.

  • gama tastica
    gama tastica 13 days ago

    "Wait a minute.. I hate golf!"
    - Mr. Krabs
    (SpongeBob SquarePants - S04E07 - Selling Out, 3:47, september 23 2005 USA)

  • The Awesome jacky
    The Awesome jacky 13 days ago

    i got a ad for golf preformance improvement before the video

  • Yulee Oh
    Yulee Oh 14 days ago

    After all of the other golf balls, I thought "gutties" would be made out of guts...

  • J.D. Myers
    J.D. Myers 14 days ago

    Seriously? As progressive as Vox is you've concerned yourself with how the game of elite (mostly white BTW) multi-millionaires is played? Don't you have enough redistribution of wealth crap to frame for the young socialists out there?

  • EmptyWalletMultimedia
    EmptyWalletMultimedia 15 days ago

    shut up. golf has always been a sport about technique and equipment. hopefully in the future courses can be even bigger

  • Rodrick H Smokes Dank
    Rodrick H Smokes Dank 15 days ago +1

    Fine TheXvid, I'll watch it

  • Mr F
    Mr F 15 days ago

    Good video, totally inaccurate, but a good video none the less. I'd imagine that since the Pro v1 came out in October 2000 it had no real bearing on that year's driving distance. It was the Rule 35 that was the first multi layer ball. The increase between 2001-2002 was mostly down to the ERC 2 driver.

  • Francesca
    Francesca 15 days ago

    The inside of my partners balls can travel up to 28mph! WOW!!

  • Abram Chambers
    Abram Chambers 16 days ago

    Most solid piece of journalism i've seen by Vox in a while.

  • Tyler Zondervan
    Tyler Zondervan 16 days ago

    I think a great start to this video would have been a few awesome facts about golf like why it was named Golfing and what they used before actual clubs. the Historic balls where spot on i liked that allot. other than that and a few inaccuracies, it's a good video!

  • ShakotanStyle
    ShakotanStyle 16 days ago +5

    Lmao bruh at 0:49 they use a sound clip of a driver hitting a ball, but the club that Bubba Watson is using is an iron

  • Alex Minty
    Alex Minty 16 days ago

    Make courses longer, job done.

  • Pepito Los palotes
    Pepito Los palotes 16 days ago

    Este es el partido politico? 😂

  • Michael
    Michael 17 days ago

    Just as I was thinking "just make the course bigger" VOILA.

  • Devin Kim
    Devin Kim 17 days ago

    Why can’t golfers just use the same ball and make it a rule where u can’t use any other ones

  • kaylor87
    kaylor87 17 days ago

    I really like how this video ended! The BALL is not the problem here, it's the outdated golf courses! Why would we neuter our advancements in ball technology just to keep the old, short, outdated courses?? The world is evolving, and the game of golf doesn't get an exemption from the rest...

  • Richard Lawson
    Richard Lawson 17 days ago

    Did Vox writers just start getting along with there rich dads?

  • TSM Vids
    TSM Vids 17 days ago +1


  • Lucas Nash
    Lucas Nash 17 days ago

    who cares if they are to good? THEY WANT TO BE GOOD

  • אוהד פפר
    אוהד פפר 17 days ago +1


  • Nessquickable
    Nessquickable 17 days ago

    I don't even know why I'm watching this but it seems interesting.

  • Avery Tatavitto
    Avery Tatavitto 17 days ago

    Most outdated courses aren't played on tour. Soooooo...

  • junk can
    junk can 18 days ago

    Can't believe how many people misuse the word "concerning" when they mean something else.

  • Callum Tanner
    Callum Tanner 18 days ago +1

    All these types of videos take so freaking long to get to the point 🙄

  • Trey Dietz
    Trey Dietz 18 days ago

    Don't these people make guitar amps? If so, what do they have to do with golf?

  • ATK Tavis
    ATK Tavis 18 days ago

    I wonder, how much have those extra yards costed to the manufacturers. ;)

  • Jaime Escalante
    Jaime Escalante 18 days ago

    I find this this is consistent with many of Vox's leftist agendas- concerns that are made to seem bigger than they really are.

  • JackJ764
    JackJ764 18 days ago

    Fine TheXvid, I'll watch it.

  • Marc Pabel
    Marc Pabel 18 days ago

    I hit the baal too far each time.

  • The Final countdown
    The Final countdown 18 days ago

    Golf version of auto tune

  • Cavecat
    Cavecat 18 days ago

    Golfers: We are getting too good! The game is not boring enough anymore!

  • JS Mariani
    JS Mariani 18 days ago

    Golf club innovation accounts for just as much as ball changes.

  • The 135 Joker
    The 135 Joker 18 days ago

    I think its a mistake to limit the kinds of balls allowed (within reason). The masters is about watching the best playing their best and limiting that is limiting the entertainment value.

  • Marcus Ulmer
    Marcus Ulmer 18 days ago

    Oakmont is the least obsolete course in the world.

  • Retro-boy
    Retro-boy 18 days ago

    Why am I watching a video about a golf ball?

  • Golden Pig
    Golden Pig 19 days ago

    wouldn't this just make hole in ones in torunaments impossible tho?

  • Pug Life
    Pug Life 19 days ago

    Fine TheXvid I watched it

  • Fer L.
    Fer L. 19 days ago

    Yeah these fancy balls is why I’m a scratch golfer.... NOT!!’ I can hit the ball a mile myself but there’s so much more to being a complete golfer than just that

  • XO
    XO 19 days ago

    playing golf lmao

  • Aaron Hyde
    Aaron Hyde 19 days ago

    Golfers aren't getting too good. These pansy golf courses are too short

  • sleuth 2077
    sleuth 2077 19 days ago

    Seems like that golf ball realized “his future so bright".........

    Bc he doesn't have aids......