The golf ball that made golfers too good

  • katma 15 Mar 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  Aylar önce +1778

    Happy Friday everyone, thanks for watching our vidyas!

    • papahvs YT
      papahvs YT 5 gün önce

      +J Cunningham you are gay

    • Gerberger
      Gerberger 24 gün önce +1

      Your non-political stuff is actually watchable...

    • MrSolidBlake
      MrSolidBlake Aylar önce +1

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

    • Misan
      Misan Aylar önce

      hello, why can't chickens fly?

    • Official Spartacat
      Official Spartacat Aylar önce

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

  • Kaelin Curtsinger
    Kaelin Curtsinger Gün önce

    So that's why some holes have more than one tee?

  • Gustavo
    Gustavo Gün önce

    They need to nerf the ball and buff the golf field. There you go, fixed.

  • kokomo kid
    kokomo kid Gün önce

    Bravo one seven...FIRE MISSION OVER...

  • Dadson worldwide
    Dadson worldwide 2 gün önce

    Make it bigger that may bring more of the public into the game that otherwise cant hit a straight in shot lol

  • corvettez06usa
    corvettez06usa 2 gün önce

    Golf and Billiards are underrated sports. Part thinking person, part understanding and mastering mathematics and the laws of physics.

  • Hack To Scratch Golf
    Hack To Scratch Golf 2 gün önce

    Trust me we’re not too good

  • Erick Brassfield
    Erick Brassfield 2 gün önce

    Augusta purchased the adjacent land two years ago, but the tees haven't been moved. Maybe it will be ready for the 2020 Masters?

  • Truthseeker06
    Truthseeker06 3 gün önce

    @ 3:20 Rick sounds like Elmo laughing.

  • ytubepuppy
    ytubepuppy 3 gün önce

    Better clubs. Better balls. Better course conditions. Better scores for the pros. Yet amateur scores haven't come down all that much since the 1960s

  • Jason Yin
    Jason Yin 3 gün önce +1

    0:49 Iron with driver sound?

  • F4T4LITY0 R
    F4T4LITY0 R 4 gün önce

    Second swing is an iron but has a driver sound dubbed over lmao

  • BigTarder
    BigTarder 5 gün önce

    thanks TRclips, i really needed this.

  • Boxing
    Boxing 5 gün önce

    I got a solution make the course longer

  • Roman I
    Roman I 5 gün önce

    "unusual and concerning", yeah world problems

  • Jean Ferret
    Jean Ferret 5 gün önce

    A slight issue.....Bridgestone, Choice, Spalding....all making multi layer, none wound balls before Titleist.

  • Mason Wyberg
    Mason Wyberg 5 gün önce

    I have a Pinnacle 2 and a Titleist 4.

  • Michael White
    Michael White 5 gün önce

    at :50 bubbas hitting an iron and his impact sound is a driver.

  • Vishnu Suraj
    Vishnu Suraj 6 gün önce

    I use the pro V1x wbu

  • Matt Hickman
    Matt Hickman 6 gün önce

    Ok I am sorry Vox, but that "steepest part" of that chart looks like noise in line with the rest of the trend line. Cmon folks.

  • Violent2aShadow
    Violent2aShadow 6 gün önce +1

    Someday, they'll make golf balls that sprout wings.

  • ryo0ka
    ryo0ka 6 gün önce

    The further the golf balls fly the more woods you need to cut open

  • Matthew Morcos
    Matthew Morcos 6 gün önce

    Wtf was that ending

  • Alexandre Prince
    Alexandre Prince 6 gün önce

    There youtube. I watched it. Now leave me alone!

  • Stasichka
    Stasichka 7 gün önce +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 7 gün önce

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

  • Jesse Hodges
    Jesse Hodges 7 gün önce +3

    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?

    • Zachry Zimmerman
      Zachry Zimmerman 5 gün önce

      These soiboiz can’t even lift pencils let alone a 460 head driver

  • jake glozier
    jake glozier 7 gün önce

    Golfer *plays well*
    Opponents *not fair*

  • Evan McGough
    Evan McGough 8 gün önce

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

  • Jagroop Dhillon
    Jagroop Dhillon 8 gün önce

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

  • ankomono
    ankomono 8 gün önce

    nice, I love the ending

  • Christian Ivarsson
    Christian Ivarsson 8 gün önce

    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 8 gün önce

    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 8 gün önce

    Yea, just make the courses bigger.

  • The Golf Life
    The Golf Life 8 gün önce

    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 8 gün önce

    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 8 gün önce

    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 8 gün önce

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

  • Redstone
    Redstone 9 gün önce

    *_Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions_*

  • Jonas Ramkhelawan
    Jonas Ramkhelawan 9 gün önce

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

  • yaboiGarrett
    yaboiGarrett 9 gün önce

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

  • TheGreatYukon
    TheGreatYukon 10 gün önce

    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 10 gün önce

    Snazzy music towards the end was snazzy. Great video!

  • Oh yeah Yeah
    Oh yeah Yeah 10 gün önce

    Don’t care still think golf is boring

  • Ian Nelly
    Ian Nelly 10 gün önce +1

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

  • Naief Alromi
    Naief Alromi 11 gün önce

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

  • Jimmy James
    Jimmy James 11 gün önce

    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 11 gün önce

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

  • Brad Carter
    Brad Carter 12 gün önce

    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 12 gün önce

    I don't speak pick up truck

  • griffin harrel
    griffin harrel 12 gün önce

    Has a ton to do with innovation in clubs

  • Pablo Quirós
    Pablo Quirós 12 gün önce

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

  • Marco Abyss
    Marco Abyss 12 gün önce

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

  • SungBen
    SungBen 13 gün önce +1


  • LeviaRiosh
    LeviaRiosh 14 gün önce

    5:32 Modern provlems require modern solutions.

  • Kione
    Kione 14 gün önce

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

  • Ross Catto
    Ross Catto 14 gün önce

    Being left handed is a gift.

  • Ergys Ura
    Ergys Ura 14 gün önce

    Please at least add International units too.

  • Growth Curve Marketing
    Growth Curve Marketing 14 gün önce

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

  • sunny wong
    sunny wong 14 gün önce

    I got a golf ad?

  • Sara M
    Sara M 14 gün önce

    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 15 gün önce

    well done

  • nero wulfee92
    nero wulfee92 15 gün önce

    And the problem is...?

  • interrobangings
    interrobangings 15 gün önce +4

    abrupt, unsatisfying ending. you can do better

    • TonyZed68
      TonyZed68 13 gün önce +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 15 gün önce

    We COULD just abolish golf as a sport.

  • spaghetti servant
    spaghetti servant 15 gün önce

    bad bda not good bad bad

  • John Smith
    John Smith 16 gün önce

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

  • Evan Walter
    Evan Walter 16 gün önce

    I got a literal golf ad.

  • Hussein
    Hussein 16 gün önce

    This is one of the most useless videos ever created

  • Oliver McKinley
    Oliver McKinley 16 gün önce

    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 16 gün önce

    just add checkpoints

  • Faith McCrary
    Faith McCrary 16 gün önce

    Vox is better than Zquil.

  • Dario Cano
    Dario Cano 16 gün önce

    Would a dimpled plane fly faster

  • Svanzscape
    Svanzscape 17 gün önce

    And later : *cummies*
    Filled with...

  • Etzerdlas Gaudistuben
    Etzerdlas Gaudistuben 17 gün önce +1

    these chaps should play minigolf, m8s.

  • briank05
    briank05 18 gün önce

    Ah Balls

  • Isaac Asad
    Isaac Asad 18 gün önce

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

  • Jumpzz
    Jumpzz 18 gün önce +1

    This is the best TRclips comment section😂

  • George Island
    George Island 18 gün önce +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 19 gün önce

    Welcome back to another episode of youtube recommendations

  • C Nebula
    C Nebula 19 gün önce +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 20 gün önce +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 20 gün önce

    "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 20 gün önce

    i got a ad for golf preformance improvement before the video

  • Yulee Oh
    Yulee Oh 20 gün önce

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

  • J.D. Myers
    J.D. Myers 20 gün önce

    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 21 gün önce

    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 21 gün önce +1

    Fine TRclips, I'll watch it

  • Mr F
    Mr F 22 gün önce

    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 22 gün önce

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

  • Abram Chambers
    Abram Chambers 22 gün önce

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

  • Tyler Zondervan
    Tyler Zondervan 23 gün önce

    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 23 gün önce +10

    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 23 gün önce

    Make courses longer, job done.

  • Pepito Los palotes
    Pepito Los palotes 23 gün önce

    Este es el partido politico? 😂

  • Michael
    Michael 23 gün önce

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

  • Devin Kim
    Devin Kim 23 gün önce

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

  • kaylor87
    kaylor87 23 gün önce

    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 23 gün önce

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

  • TSM Vids
    TSM Vids 24 gün önce +1