The golf ball that made golfers too good

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  • 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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  • Vox
    Vox  3 months ago +1911

    Happy Friday everyone, thanks for watching our vidyas!

    • papahvs YT
      papahvs YT Month ago

      @J Cunningham you are gay

    • Gerberger
      Gerberger 2 months ago +1

      Your non-political stuff is actually watchable...

    • MrSolidBlake
      MrSolidBlake 2 months ago +1

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

    • Misan
      Misan 2 months ago

      hello, why can't chickens fly?

    • Official Spartacat
      Official Spartacat 2 months ago

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

  • John Elwood
    John Elwood 2 hours ago

    Bigger golf course, more water and maintenance.

  • Samycgc 64
    Samycgc 64 22 hours ago +1

    The end made me feel like I wasted 6 minutes of my life.

  • Prezla men
    Prezla men 6 days ago

    Stop your granpha to stop science progress

  • Cameron
    Cameron 9 days ago

    So change the par. Like damn it’s not that hard to figure out.

  • Cameron
    Cameron 9 days ago

    They did that to prevent the ball from peeling. Almost every ball from before the revolutionized golf ball, has been peeled after four or five hits, and my brother sometimes did it in two. But then when we go out to buy new ones, it never peels. Even putting every bit of power that my brother had, (he bench presses more than 150) he still couldn’t do it. So perhaps this is just a side effect.

  • j Walster
    j Walster 11 days ago

    sometimes there's a obvious let overlooked solution for stuff

  • John Ishmael
    John Ishmael 14 days ago

    The American industry is the problem why sports are becoming a hassle and too complicated. Seriously, a whole sport might become "boring and unchallenging" because an innovation in golfball technology...

    It's the same with 9/11. Blow up a building and the industry is flooded with people wanting blood so the budget skyrockets but at the cost of innocent people loosing lives for personal gain. This whole *Anti-terrorism* campaign was just a get rich quick scheme that went terribly wrong and cost normal civilians their safety and civility while the perpetrators are laughing at our expenses...

  • Alvin Matuku
    Alvin Matuku 16 days ago

    Tell the full story about Nike and Strata too. Titleist just had more players on tour and advertised better.

  • ethan williams
    ethan williams 16 days ago

    I think the pda should issue there own ball that makes it an equal game or they should make a shorter and a long range league

  • Ciaran Butterly
    Ciaran Butterly 17 days ago +4

    You win, TheXvid. I’ll watch this video.

  • Big Z
    Big Z 18 days ago +1

    thanks for sharing
    im spo glad i know all about all the golf balls since 1900s

  • As I lay Down and look up

    I was a caddy In Michigan when the prov1 was released. These balls were five dollars a ball in a sleeve. I thought it was absolutely crazy that people would spend five dollars on a golf ball. But when I saw the difference in flight and distance this golf ball could provide. I saw my golfers handicap drop a little

  • Brendan McCabe
    Brendan McCabe 19 days ago

    Imagine if Happy Gilmore was still playing today that would be fantastic

  • Smartphone Phone
    Smartphone Phone 19 days ago

    The reaking imperial system. It is total garbage and an abomination. It shouldn't exist in the 21st century. English language is literally 25% French, but you were so proud and conservative to adopt the metric system. OK, keep measuring stuff with body parts.

  • Kyle ShoeBoi
    Kyle ShoeBoi 19 days ago

    1:00 Had to stop watching when he said YARDS. (And there's no metric conversion beside it)

    • GadBoDag
      GadBoDag 19 days ago

      Yards is basically meters.

  • Eddie Yammine
    Eddie Yammine 20 days ago

    I hate golf..... But found this interesting

  • ez
    ez 20 days ago

    Op pls nerf

  • Marcel Wittmann
    Marcel Wittmann 20 days ago

    Please use the metric system!

  • Leonard V
    Leonard V 20 days ago

    We must stop the ter'r...


    Now watch this drive

    - George Bush

  • Egg
    Egg 20 days ago

    Yeah when you slice a prov1 or a prov1x into the woods you’re waisting a 6$ ball

  • Max Caysey
    Max Caysey 22 days 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 20 days ago

      @Vladdy What?

    • Vladdy
      Vladdy 20 days ago

      Dude calm down with the comments lol u commented 5 times

  • Max Caysey
    Max Caysey 22 days 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 22 days 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 22 days 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 22 days 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 22 days ago +1

    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 22 days ago

    0:49 they synced his driver up with his iron

  • Brandon Chaney
    Brandon Chaney 22 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 23 days ago +2

    STAPH WITH THESE RECOMMENDATIONS TheXvid
    YOU KNOW I'M WEAK.

  • Peter Moriarty
    Peter Moriarty 23 days ago

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

  • michaelovitch
    michaelovitch 23 days ago

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

  • Nemo Brailly
    Nemo Brailly 24 days ago +5

    people : this golf ball makes it too easy
    golf : no worries i will just buy this country club and make the course longer

    golf really is the sport for rich

  • Robert Tucker
    Robert Tucker 24 days ago

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

  • drServitis
    drServitis 25 days ago +3

    NOW I KNOW MORE ABOUT GOLF BALLS.

  • Bradley Coopersmith
    Bradley Coopersmith 25 days ago

    ya gotta love anything that uses Jack Fleck's picture

  • Eric Walsh
    Eric Walsh 25 days ago

    Hey are players are really good at the game like it's just getting better and better what should we do
    Running:let's make sure everyone has to have the same standerd of equipment for the race but other than that they can go nuts
    Rugby: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 better
    Basketball:these guys jump high alri let's just out them on a shoe
    Literally 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 ingenuity
    Golf:WhAt ArE yUo DoInG sToP bEiNg GoOd At ThE GaMe Go BaCk To WhEn YoU wHeRe WoRsE

  • JeffyCD
    JeffyCD 26 days ago

    It’s funny because I live in Augusta

  • Nilsson
    Nilsson 26 days ago

    What is an yard?

  • Starrylite
    Starrylite 27 days ago +1

    wait this isn’t BFDI

  • ruwawatson
    ruwawatson 27 days ago

    you just need to have a lvl cap on the players

  • Darren Spohn
    Darren Spohn 27 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 28 days ago

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

  • ytubepuppy
    ytubepuppy 28 days ago

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

  • Chuck Davis
    Chuck Davis 28 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 28 days 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 29 days ago

    So weak, i can hit the ball to the moon

  • StormRockOx Gaming
    StormRockOx Gaming 29 days ago

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

  • cyndie26
    cyndie26 29 days ago

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

  • fabio barattini
    fabio barattini 29 days ago

    more people never play wii sports

  • dino vukelic
    dino vukelic 29 days ago

    Yes more land getting used for golf is the answer.

  • pinkey tripathi
    pinkey tripathi 29 days ago

    1:59 made of guts ?

  • Jayblez 42018
    Jayblez 42018 Month 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 Month ago +1

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

  • Beau Deaville
    Beau Deaville Month ago

    go subscribe to beau Deaville

  • caleb cotter
    caleb cotter Month ago +1

    Congratulations you just watch an add

  • Ryan Bell
    Ryan Bell Month ago

    Dear Vox,
    Why must you lie about EVERYTHING?
    "It's the steepest part of this trend line" (referring to 2000 to 2001)
    2000 273.18
    2001 279.35
    Difference 6.17
    2002 279.35
    2003 286.30
    Difference 6.46
    Just say "One of the steepest" and be honest for once.

  • Axel Voss
    Axel Voss Month ago

    *I WATCHED IT NOW STOP PLZ*

  • James Isaac
    James Isaac Month ago

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

  • Joe User
    Joe User Month 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.

  • DerAnanasbaum
    DerAnanasbaum Month ago

    lmao golf getting powercrept like a video game

  • Love Is The Answer
    Love Is The Answer Month ago

    Recommended from "How Hard Can You Hit a Golf Ball? (at 100,000 FPS) - Smarter Every Day 216" from SmarterEveryDay. Where did you come from?

  • Tom Shepherd
    Tom Shepherd Month ago +2

    Discussing ways to limit during distance @ 4:30 narrator states, "...a heavier ball would fall out of the air faster."
    Our old friend Galileo would beg to differ. #facepalm #towerofPisa

    • OmicronChan
      OmicronChan 24 days ago +1

      You are correct, but that doesn't mean the video isn't correct either. F=ma. Greater mass for the same force results in less acceleration. Using S=ut + 1/2at^2, we know that lower acceleration results in less displacement, both vertically and horizontally. Less vertical displacement means that the total available flight time is reduced. #Kinematics

  • Raymond Menz
    Raymond Menz Month ago

    all things being the same :
    with a golf swing above 100mph a heavier golf ball will travel further. Golf ball rules are designed for pro tour players - "a ball must weigh LESS than"
    with a golf swing under 90mph a heavier golf ball travels less distance than a lighter ball. A high handicap golfer is better off with a lighter ball.
    So ball weight counters drag, and the big hitter has a much bigger drag problem. Ball weight also counters lift. But lift is good for the slow swing and probably bad for the big hitter.
    When US pro golfers go to Britian they all use the British golf ball which is smaller. A smaller ball travels faster and further - more aerodynamic.
    The answer to reducing the distance a golf ball is hit is to make the ball bigger - less aerodynamic.

    www.tutelman.com/golf/ballflight/ballWeight.php

    • ironfbody
      ironfbody Month ago

      British golf balls are the same size as US ones.

  • tdubs92
    tdubs92 Month ago

    The balls that shows vox doesn't know anything about sports

  • Francis Enting
    Francis Enting Month ago

    not if your 99% of pga tour players

  • TerraBiker
    TerraBiker Month ago

    It will fix itself when you start focusing on players skills rather on how can we "help them" to be better. Once the playing act itself will be considered a challenge not winning the challenge whatever it takes...just to get "the prize" and I mean lots and lots o $$ .... money ruins everything...

  • MasterSwag
    MasterSwag Month ago

    The governing body should make ball regulations.. hell even provide the balls themselves. You wouldn’t see a tennis player bringing their own balls that only they feel comfortable with.

  • dougiedotcom
    dougiedotcom Month ago

    Why not just make holes longer

    • Raymond Menz
      Raymond Menz Month ago

      Golf has gone from 5000 metres in length to 7000 metres. The cost of the extra land and maintenance is killing golf courses and clubs. Club fees are relatively higher so people are dropping out in the millions. As a golfer I regularly played 9 holes instead of 18.
      Also Watson could have ended up in the trees - goodbye to millions.

  • pineapple guy
    pineapple guy Month ago

    Or change the course lol besides it's cool seeing how far gold ball technology can go

  • TheInkinJapan
    TheInkinJapan Month ago +1

    All real boys have cut open a golf ball. Even if they have never played golf.

  • Killerking
    Killerking Month ago +2

    No matter how the golf ball changes....



    Happy Gilmore will always make it in

  • DESTROYER67732
    DESTROYER67732 Month ago

    Cant golfers just easily 2 shot the ball to the tee

  • Judy Chen
    Judy Chen Month ago +1

    3:16

  • Sweswio
    Sweswio Month ago +1

    That's and true bruh

  • Keshang Pan
    Keshang Pan Month ago

    喵的原来最后的解决方式居然是买地拓场子!高尔夫不愧是有钱人的玩意!😂

  • Kyler Durden
    Kyler Durden Month ago

    it's steroids

  • gredangeo
    gredangeo Month ago

    Don't reduce the flight of the ball, amp up the difficulty of the golf course.

  • Kyle Cameron
    Kyle Cameron Month ago

    I think the balls and the new technology do help with distance, but as of recent there have been so many courses that just have longer holes. I like the idea of just lengthening courses/adding obstacles rather than trying to change part of the game.

  • Darren Iglesias
    Darren Iglesias Month ago

    haha it's sooo different than when golf started it's crazy, anyone know what camera they shoot on?

  • Fellow Worker Gritty

    Who would name a baby "Bubba"?

  • Kronus
    Kronus Month ago

    Why are y'all always against technology, just let this tech progress and if golf becomes too easy just add terrain to courses.

  • Joe D
    Joe D Month ago

    Farther or further

  • Hunnit Bands
    Hunnit Bands Month ago +4

    nobody:
    youtube algorithm: you like golf?

  • Joe Smith
    Joe Smith Month ago

    The distance argument (balls go too far) only relates to pros. The weekend hackers (99% of all golfers) still skunk it only around 180-220 yards, regardless of any new equipment. Also, there are already rules to limit the distance of both golf balls and clubs (compression/etc).

  • Mestador
    Mestador Month ago

    exactly, you dont remake the game, you adapt

  • :
    : Month ago +50

    Vox: Taking 6 minutes to describe hundred years problem

    Also Vox: Explaining solution in 3 seconds

  • Mirowiro
    Mirowiro Month ago

    don’t know why i clicked this video

  • kb goon
    kb goon Month ago

    I thought Nike came out with the solid gold ball design first, before Titleist?

    • Brandon Gavin
      Brandon Gavin Month ago

      Nope the pro v was first. I Remember the first time playing it vs a professional 100. The difference was amazing.

  • david rivera
    david rivera Month ago

    Nerf the balls their too op

  • Biglambo0123
    Biglambo0123 Month ago

    1:17 it could just be golfers getting better with their age

  • Aspect
    Aspect Month ago

    The clubs being high-tech is the biggest scam in golf history. You gain peanuts for buying a new set of club for thousands of euros. A driver from 2000 is 99.9% the same as a one from 2019. Design might be cooler and you maybe have a better game as you're excited about the clubs, but overall -- It's just a scam...

  • David Bueno
    David Bueno Month ago

    Guy: yo what u watching on youtube?
    Me: its complicated

  • Cyril Schoenacker
    Cyril Schoenacker Month ago

    Yards ? Sorry I don't speak barbarian.

  • Lyndon Urquiza
    Lyndon Urquiza Month ago

    Modern Problems Call For Modern Solutions

  • Dwit Beathead
    Dwit Beathead Month ago

    >spends entire video building up argument
    >destroys it in the last 10 seconds

  • isael reyes
    isael reyes Month ago +4

    Buff the courses instead of nerfing the balls. Slowly but surely thatll even it out.
    Edit: Note to self... Don't comment until the end of the video

  • Ryan P
    Ryan P Month ago

    Why would a heavier ball fall out of the air more quickly?

    • Ryan P
      Ryan P Month ago

      Harry Potter Yeah that’s what I assumed. The way he said it made it sound like because the ball was heavier it would fall faster.

    • Harry Potter
      Harry Potter Month ago

      I've answered this elsewhere, but here goes a brief summary. Same force + heavier ball = lower initial velocity = shorter flight.

  • Kale Daze
    Kale Daze Month ago

    Could have said it didnt matter at the start of the video.
    "annoyed face"

  • yblaze
    yblaze Month ago

    I dont even play golf :D nor do i plan to