The golf ball that made golfers too good

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.

A previous version of this video contained an audio glitch at 2:35. The error has been corrected. is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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78 Responses

  1. Antler Coco says:

    Man I sure do love Wii golf

  2. Sebastian Elytron says:

    Golf; fun to play, excruciatingly boring to watch

  3. war robots gamer meep212 says:

    The only golf I’ve ever played is Wii sports golf

    • ArlanKels says:

      I’ve always been of the opinion that golf is a sport that’s best played, not watched.
      It’s one man against himself, basically, and that doesn’t make for exciting watching.

  4. Ondřej Pokorný says:

    What’s with the audio? (2:35 etc.)

  5. Nick DiSalvo says:

    2:35 ; The sound guy falls asleep on the board

  6. hey its me jop says:

    1:31 The real reason Woods was so heavily penalized in the pro circuit was because of his illegal use of telekinesis on the field

  7. Mr. P. Enis says:

    This explains why they are hard af but jump like a bouncing ball

  8. WAY AWAY says:

    I’m having audio issues and 2:36 made me think I was going crazy! haha

  9. Jamaleum says:

    So a multilayered ball is basically the power of “Yeet!” + the power of “Kobe!”?
    Got it!

  10. Legendary King says:

    The only golf I’ve ever played is mini golf

  11. Adrián Redondo says:

    The end is the best: when you go to the newspaper library, the same thing always happens. You may not remember it, but almost always the debates are the same;)

  12. Vox says:

    Happy Friday everyone, thanks for watching our vidyas!

  13. Aidan Lee says:

    This is cool but you guys also forgot stuff. The technique Also has changed over time. Another thing is that tour players don’t got the farthest in terms of distance but the longest drive players do. For example Mike Austin holds the world record for the longest drive in professional play, driving 515 yards at the Winterwood Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1974.

  14. JW Wallace says:

    The golf ball that REALLY “made golfers to good” came out two years before the Pro V1. It was called the Lady Precept. It was a cult phenomenon and great players’ dirty little secret all around the country. Men would draw their putting line over the Lady script on the ball so people didn’t tease them but you could still recognize it by the maroon font. No pro shop in the country could keep them in stock. Titleist effectively rebranded the Lady Precept for men. FWIW.

    • campkira says:

      If it within regulation. In the end, golf still tricky sport. One day you might play well the other you might be suck.

    • JW Wallace says:

      Caleb M IMHO the revolutionary change in golf balls led by the success of the Lady Precept, and culminating in the development of the Pro V1, was a reimagining of what made a golf ball perform. This is what I meant by my use of the term “copying”. I by no means meant to belittle Titleist and the staff who developed the Pro V line, it was an incredible achievement, or did I mean to suggest they ripped off Precept . But I believe Titleist’s success started with the ball industry throwing out the old rules of golf ball design because of the Lady Precept. If I remember correctly conventional wisdom back then was to play a ball with a compression that matched your swing speed to achieve maximum performance. The original Pro V through out that dated model because the Lady Precept proved it inaccurate. My memory isn’t what it use to be but I think that first ProV had a mid 70’s compression, that was unheard of at the time for a “tour ball”. The Lady Precept also had an incredible tough cover for its time because women’s focus groups wanted more durability. Back then the thinking was harder cover meant less feel but that wasn’t and isn’t the case, we now understand many other factors are at play. The credit I believe the Lady Precept deserves comes from the fact it broke the mold and sent the industry in a new direction. And the Laddie came out well after the success of the Lady in order to appease men to ashamed to play a women’s ball.

    • JW Wallace says:

      yoonit78 the balls you mentioned were incremental technological improvements in the make up of the golf ball. The revolutionary idea the Pro V1 capitalized on, that led the industry in a new direction, IMHO started with the Lady Precept. It forced a complete reimagining of how a golf ball reacted to the club and its subsequent performances. The old rules of golf ball manufacturing couldn’t explain the outstanding performance strong players were seeing with the Lady Precept. All the old rules of compression, “feel”, and top to bottom spin had to be recalibrated. The re-evaluation and discarding of previously conceived notions was the catalyst for change and I believe it started with the industry attempting to explain why the Lady Precept worked

    • JW Wallace says:

      Eric Gold my 6 y.o. is learning the game with the Maxfli Revolution. I recently found a cardboard box of Revolution I got off the range after a USGA event in the 90’s

    • Casey smith says:

      +Caleb M Yeah I think Tiger Woods and his revolutionary way of doing the Athletics is the big part why golfers today are hitting further and further. up till the 1990’s golfers were not getting in shape like they are now by hitting a weight room for specificity golf training and a training room that has the tech to decipher how the player is hitting the ball and if it is the best for that player. Even now one can find indoor training facilities for people looking to learn to play golf better.

  15. 472017807 says:

    How do you go about finding random news articles about golf from 1936?

  16. Cornwall1888 says:

    That hole is also a bit easier for Bubba because he’s left handed

  17. Michael Jordan says:

    The thumbnail looked like a chad version of a golfball

  18. OilyDumplings says:

    I just watched a video about “Golf Balls”

  19. Rick Shiels Golf says:

    My favourite part of this video is at 3:16 ???

  20. Johnnie Walker says:

    I wish I had the problem of hitting it too far.

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