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 • 2 886

  • Vox
    Vox  9 days ago +1502

    Happy Friday everyone, thanks for watching our vidyas!

    • Official Spartacat
      Official Spartacat Day ago

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

    • Official Spartacat
      Official Spartacat Day ago

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

    • biaggiwins
      biaggiwins Day ago


    • ThatGuyStalin
      ThatGuyStalin Day ago

      Screw vox

    • Chad Krause
      Chad Krause Day ago

      Ayar Zeev aww a little bit more water and a one time expense of a redesign. Come on, that’s a lame excuse.

  • Gamer Guy
    Gamer Guy Day ago

    No one should ever go back to a worse design, they should always find a way to overcome the obstacle and improve on it. People will get stronger and better over time so to ignore the problem will just make it even harder to over come when it returns. Just imagine if we did give our balls more drag or what ever what will happen when thats no longer enough, we cant go back the newer balls and we cant just make our balls worse and worse ether, so the only option then would be to make fake contentions to make the game harder. To limit progress is immature and arrogant and its so common that its the first option most people take now.

  • Cash boat
    Cash boat Day ago


  • George Zaharia
    George Zaharia Day ago

    golf the only sport that occupies more space in one course than some cities, for a handful of people to play with their balls.

  • Naadir Buffkins
    Naadir Buffkins Day ago

    Trigonometry: a²+b²=c². By cutting the corner means that more distance is covered faster = few shot= faster tornaments= More tornaments= more shots take= more distance.

  • Kylee Plank
    Kylee Plank Day ago

    "Heavier ball fall out of the air more quickly"... ehh.. not so sure that's how gravity works.

  • Brandon Gage
    Brandon Gage Day ago

    Maybe the pros SHOULD have an easier time at scoring under par than the rest of us schmoes who struggle for 100 yards.

  • Ryan Rousseau
    Ryan Rousseau Day ago

    If vox wasn’t politically used by the left I’d watch more of these videos. I’m a fan of these vids by them.

  • Dan
    Dan Day ago

    Brought to you by Titleist

  • Chris
    Chris Day ago


  • DickinaBox
    DickinaBox Day ago

    Just add windmills

  • Preben Gjestang
    Preben Gjestang Day ago

    Well, everyone can use those golf balls, so whats the difference? The winning score just settles lower with the years to come.

  • High Bow Puffin 64

    This was the Wii sports golfing strategy guide I was looking for since 2006.

  • Mr Kahoobadoo
    Mr Kahoobadoo Day ago

    Does the ball play a roll?

  • David Schertz
    David Schertz Day ago

    Less golf courses would be better for the environment. The use of water is crazy

  • gbluecheez
    gbluecheez Day ago

    I'm supposed to be writing an essay right now

  • Rob Pieper
    Rob Pieper Day ago

    Golf Courses should implement ball restrictions on those older courses.

  • Yasin Demirkol
    Yasin Demirkol Day ago

    I clicked the Damn video. Now leave me alone youtube

  • Simon Says
    Simon Says Day ago


  • schwanz kopf
    schwanz kopf Day ago

    can relate

  • Sinom Irneja
    Sinom Irneja Day ago

    The people who make money from the sport are the ones who make it less of an sport.
    I see a pattern.

  • Klemen Ruperčič

    Unlike golf, this video was very interesting and fun to watch.

  • The YouTube Critic

    I watched it. Can you please stop recommending it to me now? 3/5

  • Alex Gawthrop
    Alex Gawthrop Day ago

    Bubba swings an iron and they put the noise of a driver 🤔

  • Astares
    Astares Day ago

    4:12 so, we're getting better gear and going back to smash the early levels

  • Andrew Creech
    Andrew Creech Day ago

    The PGA should have a standard ball for each course. This way old courses like Augusta wouldn’t become obsolete.

  • lloganos
    lloganos Day ago

    Why would I want to watch this I don’t even like golf now flee from my recommended list!!!

  • Kevlar Vrus 57
    Kevlar Vrus 57 Day ago

    I'm sure 3 million of these viewers are golfers trying to up their game.

  • immediamal coccinello

    Golf sucks anyway

  • Kevlar Vrus 57
    Kevlar Vrus 57 Day ago

    I don't even like or watch golf. And here I am till the end...

  • miquel martínez

    Viva vox

  • Yuki Amijochi
    Yuki Amijochi Day ago

    I often wonder ...
    The only goal in Golf is to play less golf ... heh

  • You cant ツƒrคğ๓є

    We used to put golfballs inside of snow balls and throw them at cars as kids lol man I was an idiot

  • Shyan Marie
    Shyan Marie Day ago

    "we play a game where the goal is to play as little of this game as possible, but you're playing too little of this game"
    I always knew golf was a toxic game

  • sUpAhn00b1
    sUpAhn00b1 Day ago

    There's this book I read "Scratch " by Troon McAllister, that sorta reminds me of this video. Really good read, would recommend

  • Jocke Z
    Jocke Z Day ago

    Am i the only one who hate golf but still watching?

  • Jordan Stephenson

    The issue with merely pushing the tee box back to compensate hitting the ball further is an environmental one. The amount of water, fertiliser and maintainance needed to make the hole longer multiplied by every golf course out there is pretty rediculous.
    As for us amateurs, new golf balls are just fine!

  • Chalesberg CA
    Chalesberg CA Day ago

    Long drives are a great part of the game. Imagine Bubba hit it slightly more to the left, he’d be a goner. That’s why it’s fun

  • Jennifer Huizar
    Jennifer Huizar Day ago

    Update the golf course instead

  • BecomeCubed
    BecomeCubed Day ago

    Thanks vox for the informative video.

  • Daltira
    Daltira Day ago

    Why aren’t formula 1 cars covered in dimples then?

  • Siberius Wolf
    Siberius Wolf Day ago

    So just use even *MORE* land for golf courses.

  • MynTix Pig
    MynTix Pig Day ago

    That’s like saying ice is too slippery for pucks in hockey

  • Sup Gaming
    Sup Gaming Day ago

    Hey Dad, may I cut open your Golf ball?

  • Koos Naamloos
    Koos Naamloos Day ago +1

    4:34 is either a dumb mistake or poorly explained

    • Koos Naamloos
      Koos Naamloos Day ago

      +Taxoro Elysium Actually the opposite is true. It's the velocity after the hit that is lower because the ball is heavier

    • Taxoro Elysium
      Taxoro Elysium Day ago

      A heavier(or rather denser) ball does fall faster if air resistance is taken into account.

  • Iosif Dzhugashvili

    vox is big gay

  • Aurtisan Miner
    Aurtisan Miner Day ago

    A sound financial plan is to own the surrounding land and sell it to the golf course when they have to expand.

  • Awesome Face
    Awesome Face Day ago

    Quit recommending me this video youtube

  • streamleazefishhouse

    Golf courses can't just get bigger everywhere in the world. Augusta has loads of money to buy land but lay local golf courses cannot. I don't think golf should be a two tear category ether with pros using a different type of golf ball. Maybe pro courses should become more narrow like my course.

  • Christopher Osborne

    Golf is one of the only sports where equipment isn't regulated. Perhaps regulations should be placed? Only clubs and balls with regulation specifications for tournament play? The fact that anybody can bring just about anything (within reason) is certain to give some players advantages over others, when you'd much rather prefer seeing a player win on skill alone by making all other things equal.

  • markdelej
    markdelej Day ago

    It’s not because of the titleist pro V 1 that people are hitting it further. Pro V 1’s arent even the golf balls that go the furthest, they are more for spin than distance. Every company now pretty much has the inside of the ball looking like the titleist one shown.

  • FamiJack
    FamiJack Day ago

    This was very cool! I'm gonna have to send this to my granddad, he's a golfer and he would get a kick out of this.

  • Andrevus Whitetail

    Just level up your distance skill, problem solved.

    Hello fellow mario golfers.

  • Craig Torlay
    Craig Torlay Day ago

    There is a simple solution. Just like in tennis why doesn't each tournament play with the one ball and different tournaments have different balls. It works for everyone. It is fair as everyone is using the same ball at the tournament, it works for companies as they get every player showing off and using their ball at the tournament and it works for the courses as specific balls can be used to match the lengths of courses.

  • A Gamer Aaron
    A Gamer Aaron Day ago

    1:02 ...... why did you make that photo black and white? It's from 1987!

  • Max
    Max Day ago

    I don't think we should be restricting the development of new technology

  • TheGodEmperorofMankind

    Why am I watching this, I hate golf.

  • Emil Neurath
    Emil Neurath Day ago

    Cp 2:20

  • Bulina PW
    Bulina PW Day ago +1

    This is how I play golf in wii sports

  • shakinAF
    shakinAF Day ago

    nice video, but you are Vox so die

  • Victor Mendoza
    Victor Mendoza Day ago

    So this is what would happen if everyone use steroids in sports? They will all perform better but the ones that were outperforming will still outperform after the steroids...

  • Giovanni Barozzi

    "A heavier ball would fall out of the sky more quickly."
    It wouldn't though. If it had the same shape it would take the same time as a lighter one.

  • joshuaoha
    joshuaoha Day ago

    ...wait... what's the problem? Change the course if it's getting to easy/boring. Trying to stop technological innovation is like standing in front of a train.

  • Raiia Beart
    Raiia Beart Day ago

    i thought of something funny...they learnt from happy gilmore :) thast why they going further.

  • Potnoodle
    Potnoodle Day ago

    ok fine youtube i watched it

  • iHX
    iHX Day ago

    we dont have to make things worse we have to make things better

  • Damalycus
    Damalycus Day ago

    In the age of overpopulation we certainly don't need bigger gold courses.

  • Mark Emerson
    Mark Emerson Day ago

    Why aren’t vehicle or airplane surfaces dimpled

  • MilccyWayGalaxySpaceCowBoi

    2:41 that's not a trend-line, that's just the graph.

  • MilccyWayGalaxySpaceCowBoi

    2:41 that's not a trend-line, a trend-line is a linear function which accounts for all data points and expresses them as mean.
    That's just the graph.

  • tunder975
    tunder975 Day ago

    Rocket proppeled golf ball is way to go lol

  • Shiro Hype
    Shiro Hype Day ago

    This video wont get off my recommendations

  • ItzEmilio
    ItzEmilio Day ago

    Its common sense really...

  • eternisedDragon7

    Why not fix what sort of ball has to be used for each course? That's a straight forward solution and a fair one - oh money making is in the way....

  • Xavier Lee
    Xavier Lee Day ago


  • hashim bokhamseen

    are we that low vox common where'd all the good videos

  • S T Ξ Λ L T H
    S T Ξ Λ L T H Day ago

    When you play an old game with mods/use exploits

  • Brett Barker
    Brett Barker Day ago

    Yes. Because golf courses aren’t big enough.

  • S T Ξ Λ L T H
    S T Ξ Λ L T H Day ago


  • Rob Samus
    Rob Samus Day ago

    My older balls are also beaten up with nicks and scratches. But hell, I’m married with kids so, meh.

  • Spud Blight
    Spud Blight Day ago

    So the solution is to take up more housing or farming land for an elitist sport?

  • Eric Brown
    Eric Brown Day ago +1

    What about Happy Gilmore?

  • Johnny Guy
    Johnny Guy Day ago +2

    Now do a video on those swim suits at the beijing olympics that caused almost half the swimmers in the 4×100 freestyle to be in front of the world record line.

    • stone sherrill
      stone sherrill Day ago

      Mmhmm. The most aerodynamic (hydrodynamic?) Swimsuits. Superior golf balls. Running shoes with years of research behind them. Progress is making the modern athlete into superheroes compared to a century ago.

  • Raven
    Raven Day ago

    No reason that they can't just regulate and approve what the core of the ball is made of and how it's made.. it's no different than any other sport.. such as Basketball or Baseball, that they have a standard "regulation" ball, or even non-ball sports, such as Nascar, how the association regulates the design and performance of the cars. It's pretty stupid that Golf in this day and age doesn't have any tight regulation over the manufacturing of the golf ball that's approved for use in official games.

  • grendelkeep
    grendelkeep Day ago

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

  • lavender Flower
    lavender Flower Day ago

    When your too op that the game buff it self

  • Evan Kennedy
    Evan Kennedy Day ago

    can this please stop showing up everywhere on TVclip

  • Friedrichilla
    Friedrichilla Day ago

    Sry, but imho the golf course owner is responible for his course, not the guy who invents balls.

  • Patrick McRae
    Patrick McRae Day ago

    How much money did u guys waste on this point less video. I clicked this thinking you had something interesting but instead it’s an over graphically expressed point that could have been an after mention in a more detailed breakdown of golf. Vox will have layoffs

  • Ryan Gabriele
    Ryan Gabriele Day ago

    Why limit distance and hold the sport back? Let science go and see how good they can get

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  • Mayhem1322
    Mayhem1322 Day ago

    I don’t even like golf but this was in my recommended good video

  • Dex Dex
    Dex Dex Day ago +1

    No collusion

  • Dan Shutter
    Dan Shutter Day ago

    Make the holes harder

  • FYCY
    FYCY Day ago

    I didn't know Golfers also wine about nerfs.

  • DeeKaze
    DeeKaze Day ago

    Imagine wasting millions of $ to advance a golf ball

  • JackManic1984
    JackManic1984 Day ago

    Just change the pars on the old courses.

  • Beau C
    Beau C Day ago

    Golf is stupid and so are all its members. Prove me wrong.

  • eli Popik
    eli Popik Day ago

    Wow I wish Vox did this much research on guns too

  • Sai
    Sai Day ago

    Sounds like a non-issue.