The golf ball that made golfers too good

  • Published on Mar 15, 2019
  • Golf's distance debate, explained.
    Become a Video Lab member!
    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
    Check out our full video catalog:
    Or our podcasts:
    Follow Vox on Twitter:
    Or on Facebook:
  • SportsSports

Comments • 3 207

  • Vox
    Vox  2 months ago +1851

    Happy Friday everyone, thanks for watching our vidyas!

    • papahvs YT
      papahvs YT Month ago

      +J Cunningham you are gay

    • Gerberger
      Gerberger Month ago +1

      Your non-political stuff is actually watchable...

    • MrSolidBlake
      MrSolidBlake Month ago +1

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

    • Misan
      Misan Month ago

      hello, why can't chickens fly?

    • Official Spartacat
      Official Spartacat Month ago

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

  • Starrylite
    Starrylite 22 hours ago +1

    wait this isn’t BFDI

  • ruwawatson
    ruwawatson Day ago

    you just need to have a lvl cap on the players

  • Darren Spohn
    Darren Spohn Day 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 2 days ago

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

  • ytubepuppy
    ytubepuppy 2 days ago

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

  • Chuck Davis
    Chuck Davis 2 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 2 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 3 days ago

    So weak, i can hit the ball to the moon

  • StormRockOx Gaming
    StormRockOx Gaming 3 days ago

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

  • cyndie26
    cyndie26 3 days ago

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

  • fabio barattini
    fabio barattini 3 days ago

    more people never play wii sports

  • dino vukelic
    dino vukelic 3 days ago

    Yes more land getting used for golf is the answer.

  • pinkey tripathi
    pinkey tripathi 3 days ago

    1:59 made of guts ?

  • Jayblez 42018
    Jayblez 42018 4 days 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 5 days ago +1

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

  • Beau Deaville
    Beau Deaville 5 days ago

    go subscribe to beau Deaville

  • caleb cotter
    caleb cotter 5 days ago +1

    Congratulations you just watch an add

  • Ryan Bell
    Ryan Bell 6 days 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 6 days ago


  • James Isaac
    James Isaac 6 days ago

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

  • Joe User
    Joe User 6 days 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 7 days ago

    lmao golf getting powercrept like a video game

  • Love Is The Answer
    Love Is The Answer 8 days 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 8 days 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

  • Raymond Menz
    Raymond Menz 8 days 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.

    • ironfbody
      ironfbody 8 days ago

      British golf balls are the same size as US ones.

  • tdubs92
    tdubs92 8 days ago

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

  • Francis Enting
    Francis Enting 8 days ago

    not if your 99% of pga tour players

  • TerraBiker
    TerraBiker 9 days 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 9 days 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 9 days ago

    Why not just make holes longer

    • Raymond Menz
      Raymond Menz 8 days 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 9 days ago

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

  • TheInkinJapan
    TheInkinJapan 10 days ago +1

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

  • Killerking
    Killerking 10 days ago +2

    No matter how the golf ball changes....

    Happy Gilmore will always make it in

  • DESTROYER67732
    DESTROYER67732 10 days ago

    Cant golfers just easily 2 shot the ball to the tee

  • Judy Chen
    Judy Chen 10 days ago +1


  • Sweswio
    Sweswio 11 days ago +1

    That's and true bruh

  • Keshang Pan
    Keshang Pan 11 days ago


  • Kyler Durden
    Kyler Durden 11 days ago

    it's steroids

  • gredangeo
    gredangeo 12 days ago

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

  • Kyle Cameron
    Kyle Cameron 12 days 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 13 days ago

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

  • Fellow Worker Gritty
    Fellow Worker Gritty 14 days ago

    Who would name a baby "Bubba"?

  • Kronus
    Kronus 14 days 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 14 days ago

    Farther or further

  • Hunnit Bands
    Hunnit Bands 14 days ago +4

    youtube algorithm: you like golf?

  • Joe Smith
    Joe Smith 15 days 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 15 days ago

    exactly, you dont remake the game, you adapt

  • :
    : 15 days ago +3

    Vox: Taking 6 minutes to describe hundred years problem

    Also Vox: Explaining solution in 3 seconds

  • Mirowiro
    Mirowiro 15 days ago

    don’t know why i clicked this video

  • kb goon
    kb goon 15 days ago

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

    • Brandon Gavin
      Brandon Gavin 14 days 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 15 days ago

    Nerf the balls their too op

  • Biglambo0123
    Biglambo0123 15 days ago

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

  • Aspect
    Aspect 16 days 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 16 days ago

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

  • Cyril Schoenacker
    Cyril Schoenacker 16 days ago

    Yards ? Sorry I don't speak barbarian.

  • Lyndon Urquiza
    Lyndon Urquiza 16 days ago

    Modern Problems Call For Modern Solutions

  • Dwit Beathead
    Dwit Beathead 16 days ago

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

  • isael reyes
    isael reyes 16 days ago +3

    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 16 days ago

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

    • Ryan P
      Ryan P 16 days 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 16 days 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 16 days ago

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

  • yblaze
    yblaze 16 days ago

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

  • NMX 120
    NMX 120 16 days ago

    I’ve watched it now RUclip.

  • Nick Smith
    Nick Smith 17 days ago

    Vox, baby, if you could just stay away from progressive political nonsense and stick to interesting stuff like this, I'd love you forever and your viewing/reader numbers wouldn't be leading to massive inevitable layoffs.

  • Lightning_comedy
    Lightning_comedy 17 days ago +1

    Why does that 13th hole look like an AirPod

  • Joshua Adkins
    Joshua Adkins 17 days ago

    The obvious fix would just make the holes longer? I don't even golf and could of fixed this for them

  • Emastino
    Emastino 17 days ago

    4:35 i don’t think heavier balls fall more quickly

  • Yoshi 244
    Yoshi 244 17 days ago


  • Ken Harris
    Ken Harris 17 days ago

    who cares? its golf. its hitting a ball with a stick. anybody can do it.

  • Aziz N
    Aziz N 17 days ago

    Is golf actually a sport? compared to big boys like 🦶 ⚽️ and 🦶 🏈

    • Gator Zen
      Gator Zen 17 days ago

      It is more laid back and nuanced, but yes

  • orange juice
    orange juice 17 days ago

    For years I thought it was "Fitliest" not "Titliest"

  • Andrew Liao
    Andrew Liao 17 days ago +13

    O thank god I thought they used human guts for the gutties

    • Dave S
      Dave S 14 days ago

      your first thought was human guts instead of animal guts?

  • PCamp15
    PCamp15 18 days ago

    I've never heard of Burnhard Longer

  • SKREFI !
    SKREFI ! 18 days ago

    Why do you have to reduce the ball's distance? Just why? If the balls of 2019 go too far, then make bigger terrains.

  • mike jones's
    mike jones's 18 days ago

    Best narrator in the world

  • Jake Schleben
    Jake Schleben 18 days ago

    Do a video on the bowling ball that made bowlers too good! That would be a good video for people to watch

  • ParkingLotBedouin
    ParkingLotBedouin 18 days ago

    So the solution is to take up more useful land for the sport of the rich. Sound about right...

  • Alexander Spears
    Alexander Spears 18 days ago +3

    0:49 driver sound over an iron swing

  • benn calver
    benn calver 18 days ago

    Make greens smaller, make cups smaller, lengthen holes loads they could do if they really wanted too. Or just move with the tech like everything else does

  • A.D. Coleman
    A.D. Coleman 19 days ago

    Nike's Tour Accuracy ball (made by Bridgestone at the time) actually beat Titleist to the chase with this; Tiger put it in play at the 2000 US Open, and we all know how that one panned out.

  • not jolyne
    not jolyne 19 days ago +14

    i don't like golf but this video is kinda interesting, thanks youtube

  • G K
    G K 19 days ago

    The REAL question is... what’s a yard?

    • Salvatore Ferro
      Salvatore Ferro 17 days ago

      +G K Depends of the direction

    • G K
      G K 17 days ago

      Salvatore Ferro will there be milkshakes?

    • Salvatore Ferro
      Salvatore Ferro 18 days ago

      Unity of distance almost equivalent to meters...

  • c1berspace
    c1berspace 19 days ago

    1:00 and at this point i stoped the video and put my dumbo calculator out from my
    table drawer to understand the rest of the video...

  • Nomad Equipment
    Nomad Equipment 19 days ago

    Putting a ball in a hole: human creativity at its peak...

  • Blank
    Blank 19 days ago

    So basically they're nerfing the ball?

    SUPER JUMPING JACK 20 days ago

    It's simple, go back to hickory clubs and old golf balls, then we will see who the most skilled golfer is.

  • Alina Nechiporenko
    Alina Nechiporenko 20 days ago

    Possibly just use older type balls for older courses?

  • Omega
    Omega 20 days ago

    This happen in javelin. Dimpled javelins were thrown out of the 400m track.

  • nate806
    nate806 21 day ago

    Not every course can pull back the tee box though. With the drives consistently going farther, and the courses not growing with it, it's a problem.

  • rSLASH Studios
    rSLASH Studios 21 day ago

    Is it just be or the beginning music is really unsatisfying

  • CB Endurance
    CB Endurance 22 days ago +1

    If you had on night mode you know y u clicked

  • Anicodeaufo 59
    Anicodeaufo 59 22 days ago

    Golf is for richfags. I don’t care about any of this.

  • L. Gyger
    L. Gyger 22 days ago

    4:35 Yeah, seems like you guys missed the physics class... In a vacuum a feather falls just as fast as an anvil. You also forgot to mention the magnus effect. Dimples are one thing, but this phenomenon is the main reason why a golf ball travels that far.

  • ekfliu
    ekfliu 22 days ago

    Why golf ball not regulated? You can't bring own nanofiber baseball bat to hit 600 ft hr, now you are saying golf allows GPS guided ball as soon as someone invent one.

  • tmac20031
    tmac20031 23 days ago +3

    If all the players use the same ball, then it shouldn't matter. The balls are fine how they are

  • koshin Pillay
    koshin Pillay 23 days ago +5

    The only problem with making courses longer is it adds time to each round. And longer holes would probably only make the game harder for amateurs not pro's.

  • Connor Lynch
    Connor Lynch 23 days ago

    You can’t go back in time, golf is evolving like every sport, therefore outdated courses and technology need to evolve

  • striker161
    striker161 23 days ago

    Would've been nice if they referenced *Japanense* *Keirin* races. All riders must use similar equipment sanctioned by the authorities. The bikes aren't the best bikes, but the laws ensure no rider is overly advantaged due to equipment. Why can't the PGA, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews etc. simply agree on a standard and have manufacturors such as Titleist continue to brand the balls for sponsorship reasons?

  • Ezequiel Marchesini
    Ezequiel Marchesini 24 days ago

    Metric system translation please?

  • nascarcrazy24
    nascarcrazy24 24 days ago

    It actually wasn't the ProV1 that revolutionized the ball, it was the Nike Tour Accuracy. Tiger had been testing the ball for quite some time with Nike in 2000 secretly and eventually trialed it in some tournaments before publicly announcing that he was switching to the Nike ball. The ProV1 came out as a response to this ball.