This is clearly one of the most difficult issues and the debate has been going on for a very long time, probably since the golf ball changed the very first time!
Perhaps the simplest solution would be just to make Tour events more difficult for the best in the world – make the fairways much narrower, the rough much deeper, the bunkers more difficult, etc., but leave the equipment alone.
I would love to see a (designated) tournament every year where tour players had to use equipment equivalent to technology pre-mid 1990’s. Not sure what that looks like I guess the analogy is metal bats in baseball in college and younger and wood in the Major leagues. Maybe the PGA could sign a deal with one equipment maker for non branded equipment the players could use for that doesn’t get them in trouble with the sponsors. Yah, never going to happen.
I don’t know. I had taken a break from golf after high school for a year or two in the 90’s and going from a Taylormade System 2 to the first great big bertha titanium just felt like cheating back then. Could swing as hard as I could and there was no penalty. Then a race to the tennis racquet we call 460cc. I saw something that there was a 12 yard difference in between 2023 and 2013 drivers…what maybe another 12 yards between 2004 to 2013…then the ball tech is probably another 25 yards.
The problem with equipment is how hard it lets you swing without penalty. Assuming the only way to impact that is by headsize with drivers (woods/hybrids)…probably goes too far when considering irons, so probably not happening
I guess there is no chance that is happening, and maybe it shouldn’t either. I am probably just being nostalgic. I do occasionally bag some persimmons and old 90’s era blades.
I just don’t see how the ball only is going to really help. I guess it helps limiting the length of courses, not sure it really changes the strategy at all. Hit it as hard as you can, and use as short an iron as possible….i don’t know maybe thats the way strategy has always been.
Why not make the ball play shorter and use that ball for all players? The pros will lose 20 yards on their 300 yard drive and I’ll lose 13 yards on my 200 yard drive. I don’t see a problem. If you have a sport that gains a lot of the fascination on playing venues that are a 100 years or more old, and you want to keep playing those, you can’t use the possibilities of modern technology to the maximum. You have to adapt to the given situation. I personally don’t find it fun watching a tournament where the scores are -25 or -30 after 4 rounds. Another solution would be to let the pros look for their balls by themselves. ;)
Enlarging the hole has been tried before, in 50’s or so, according to my dad ( in Melbourne Australia) The impact was much slower play because golfers were reading greens from much further away.
My view is if something has to change, then limit the Driver head size to something like 120cc or whatever.
The balls not the cause. The 70+ yard increase in driving distance in the last 30 years comes from COR, longer shafts, and oversized heads allowing athletes to jump out of their socks to hit it. Bryson will not be the last person to long drive a Major.
I’ll let the debate rage here. I do have an extensive opinion, but will keep it to myself, for now. All I will say is as a designer and manufacturer, I am against it. I like the idea of all of us playing the same ball, pro’s and amateurs alike. Shortening drivers to 43″ or 42″ will never happen and the athletes on tour would still hit those plenty far, trust me. Equipment is not obsolete and it’s debatable on whether or not some courses are, or not. Depends on the course set up and who’s playing them, doesn’t it? As far as slowing down play, there are plenty of reasons that play is slower, but equipment and the golf ball are not part of it. Understanding how to play on a course, by yourself or with others, is. Anyway, ya’ll debate away.