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 • 3 294

  • Vox
    Vox  5 months ago +2063

    Happy Friday everyone, thanks for watching our vidyas!

    • Craftless
      Craftless Month ago

      Vox what music do you use

    • papahvs YT
      papahvs YT 4 months ago

      @J Cunningham you are gay

    • Gerberger
      Gerberger 4 months ago +1

      Your non-political stuff is actually watchable...

    • MrSolidBlake
      MrSolidBlake 4 months ago +1

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

    • Misan
      Misan 4 months ago

      hello, why can't chickens fly?

  • Lammet
    Lammet Day ago

    why does it matter, I can't even hit the ball let alone make it go 100 meters

  • Tirthankar Pandit

    There is no criteria or requirements to qualify to play golf . You only need to be rich and rich people tend to make things easier for them

  • Ain Annie Qistina Jamaludin

    they just told golfers how to cheat in a game😃😃😃
    Hope my dad didn't see this.

  • Yoot Official
    Yoot Official Day ago

    Man- this video is--
    aE S T H E T I C.

  • Jon De Geek
    Jon De Geek 2 days ago

    Listen to the sound @ 0:49 it sounded like a driver... but look at bubba's follow thru.. its an iron.

  • xd DEATHGUY10223
    xd DEATHGUY10223 2 days ago

    Good boy bubba

  • tia nguyen
    tia nguyen 3 days ago +2

    i got an ad for birdieball right before this video so i guess that’s the answer

  • BickieDitch
    BickieDitch 5 days ago

    Golf would actually be interesting if it was always played like that

  • Skeleton Masher
    Skeleton Masher 6 days ago

    You can make my ball good

  • Jeff White
    Jeff White 7 days ago +3

    They bought the land behind the tee box and made the hole longer aka Tiger Proofing

  • Swiftly
    Swiftly 8 days ago

    Song in the beginning?

  • T
    T 8 days ago

    What if i am too poor to play golf?

  • John Smith
    John Smith 9 days ago

    You should have metric distances too for the rest of the world. FYI 300 yards is just under 275 m.

  • 5000 subs with no effort

    Is the ball racist??

  • Andrew
    Andrew 12 days ago +1

    So basically, the ball is just 15% less ballier.

  • Boopi
    Boopi 15 days ago

    I say if it’s gonna become such a big problem, start creating new courses.

  • Nathan Alexlander
    Nathan Alexlander 15 days ago +3

    Before I Watched This Video A Golf Ad Came.. Is That A Coincidence?

  • Nathan Pratt
    Nathan Pratt 18 days ago

    I dont believe theres such thing as too far

  • Chance Holton
    Chance Holton 21 day ago

    Bowling is still more technical.

  • Phil Email
    Phil Email 21 day ago +2

    This is only really a problem for elite golfers. Average golfers have more flaws and the obstacle have more of an effect

  • SuperUghe
    SuperUghe 23 days ago +3

    30 yards in 30 years...

  • Golf Guys
    Golf Guys 25 days ago

    Interesting video documentation right here.

  • Brandon Stennett
    Brandon Stennett 26 days ago

    Hey ,favor could you guys explain the NO BAIL SWEDEN SITUATION ? would help us ASAP.

  • Timothy Rosman
    Timothy Rosman 26 days ago +1

    "right in front of the green"
    Ball Lands literally 190 yards out.

  • Tanner TamejGames
    Tanner TamejGames 26 days ago


  • Random Entertainment
    Random Entertainment 26 days ago

    Just ban the ball and cut the ball open every time they score

  • Elmond Wilson
    Elmond Wilson 27 days ago

    We need more Vox By Design

  • Lakshit Dagar
    Lakshit Dagar 28 days ago

    "The club just bought the land behind the tee box to solve the problem."
    Well that was a waste of time.

  • ehmpty_palette
    ehmpty_palette 29 days ago

    Me Using Wood: 58 Yards average

    Me Using Pro VI: 72 Yards average

  • chief 1 redwolf
    chief 1 redwolf 29 days ago

    All good gifts and perfect gifts comes down from the Father of lights in who there is no variableness or shadow or turning Jesus said that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God 👟❤️📖📖📖

  • Vince Burgos
    Vince Burgos 29 days ago

    When the golf ball more good than you

  • HyperionSc2
    HyperionSc2 29 days ago

    But do they shoot the island in Wii golf?

  • Farry at zombs royale Maybe

    My cousin is a or famous golfer he is from Australia his name is Jeffry he's all over the news

  • Kim Namjoon’s
    Kim Namjoon’s Month ago


  • cjr1881
    cjr1881 Month ago

    Why is it so hard to make a specific ball for the PGA? MLB has no issue with this.

  • Dfegw Sdge
    Dfegw Sdge Month ago

    Well just make the golf courses bigger LUL

  • Thanos’s Fingers
    Thanos’s Fingers Month ago

    Who else thought that when he said gutties it was gonna be leather and guts

  • Think Different Music Group

    Clearly the PGA don’t have any regulations if their allowing modifications to the golf ball, imagine if in the MLB they would allow hollowed out cork bats and lighter baseballs everybody would be a slugger.

  • John Marksman
    John Marksman Month ago

    Is there a Out of bounds in Golf?

  • Pablo Sejas
    Pablo Sejas Month ago

    We all forgot Happy Gilmore

  • Who Cares
    Who Cares Month ago +5

    "The club just bought the land behind the teebox" is hardly a solution is it, tho. LOL

  • Ashleyxn
    Ashleyxn Month ago

    ...niall? Niall where are you??

  • Santiago Mancebo
    Santiago Mancebo Month ago

    simple... when courses are old... make golfers use a different ball

  • Jumbomuffin13
    Jumbomuffin13 Month ago

    Literally got a golf game ad before this... watched a video on American insurance and got a insurance ad before that too...

  • Hessel Sieburgh
    Hessel Sieburgh Month ago

    What’s the song at the end?

  • Aaron G.
    Aaron G. Month ago

    who saw the F-14 Tomcat at 5:16? Aviation nerds unite!

  • Ponce
    Ponce Month ago

    The announcers sound so excited

  • TacticalKyuubi
    TacticalKyuubi Month ago

    Why not do both make a second league called obstacle gold oh wait they have ITS CALLED MINI PUT PUT

  • DNS
    DNS Month ago +1

    4:35 did he say *a heavier ball would fall more quickly* ?
    If yes: acceleration towards earth is independent of mass🤔🤔🤔🤔

    • DNS
      DNS Month ago

      @Hirvee5 But why? Mass has no effect on the acceleration

    • Hirvee5
      Hirvee5 Month ago

      @DNS Because it would be less time in the air as total.

    • DNS
      DNS Month ago

      @Hirvee5 "a heavier ball would spend less time falling in this case."

    • Hirvee5
      Hirvee5 Month ago

      @DNS why would it what exactly?

    • DNS
      DNS Month ago

      @Hirvee5 why would it tho?

  • Diego Bustillos Estrada


  • Aaliyan Anwar
    Aaliyan Anwar Month ago

    Wait a i just watched a video about an issue which is not an issue. WaitWhat

  • Max Peng
    Max Peng Month ago +1

    I don't play golf but i watched this video completly

  • ExaoSS
    ExaoSS Month ago +1

    You know what could have made this video better... using the metric system..

  • Ulises Moreno
    Ulises Moreno Month ago +1

    Happy Gilmore changed ths sport!!!

  • Adrian Hernandez
    Adrian Hernandez Month ago

    What's the music called played at the beginning

  • Johnny Appleseed
    Johnny Appleseed Month ago

    I knew which ball before even clicking the vid.. always played better with the pro v1

  • charles dib
    charles dib Month ago

    Why wouldn't you put dimples on racecars to reduce drag instead of smooth surfaces? Is it because the golf ball is spherical?

  • Tsablis Thoj
    Tsablis Thoj Month ago

    I say it's not going far enough, add a jetpack to it

  • Marvin Amann
    Marvin Amann Month ago

    True rich people problems

  • Sam Sitar
    Sam Sitar Month ago

    i want to see a 500 yard drive.

  • zhuoli xie
    zhuoli xie Month ago +1

    Please give international standard units... what is yards?

    • tristanfrog
      tristanfrog Month ago

      A yard is equal to 3 feet. It’s a similar length to a meter.

  • Vince Delavega
    Vince Delavega Month ago +2

    I don't even play golf and yet here I am, watching people protesting to nerf a golfball.

  • axeblue
    axeblue Month ago

    Just make strips of bunkers on the course and call it modern.

  • HafsteinnH
    HafsteinnH Month ago

    If a pro makes something hard look easy that means he has skill.
    I think it's disrespectful to change the game so that years of dedication and hard work is punished!
    I for one like watching pro athletes pull of feats that I could never do. Maybe I'm just crazy but I think that's how it should be .

  • Johni Watermelon
    Johni Watermelon Month ago

    The football equivalent is the Jabulani.

  • Kamineiro
    Kamineiro Month ago


  • Liêm Nguyễn Hữu

    waste of lands
    bad effects on environment
    your performance assisted a lot by high-tech equipment
    every records can be broken by the fact that anyone can change the size of field, or just born later and you automatically get higher results
    Golf is purely a richers's entertainment, and costly on any perspectives

  • PragmaticSkink
    PragmaticSkink Month ago

    0:49 nice driver there editors......

  • Jake Daly
    Jake Daly Month ago +1

    There you go RUclip I watched this, you happy?

  • FlyingAce1016
    FlyingAce1016 Month ago +1

    Sounds like other players are just mad they arent able to pull off a hit that good. Good goofball still a level playing field no reason to reduce its quality lol. As long as all players use the same type.

    • FlyingAce1016
      FlyingAce1016 Month ago

      @Eric Y gotcha!

    • Eric Y
      Eric Y Month ago

      The problem isn't that other players can't keep up, the problem is that some holes just aren't challenging anymore.

  • Lkcdar Zadix
    Lkcdar Zadix Month ago

    so this video is just useless information

  • Dennis Menace
    Dennis Menace 2 months ago

    I'm a Crazy Golf dude but this was fascinating

  • MyMusics101
    MyMusics101 2 months ago

    But the multilayered ball(s) can only explain the steep rise for the next few years (until nearly all players have switched), maybe up until 2003 if you look at the graph of relative ball type usage they show. What explains the relatively steep and steady rise from ca. 1994 up to ca. 2005? Did they just have a decade of annually vastly improved golf balls? Just looking at the graph, the 2000/2001 jump is pretty steep, but it doesn't stand out too much from the overall trend which took a decade. I think this video was too focused on that 1 type of ball and ignored the rest.