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The golf ball that made golfers too good

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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  1. Vox


    Tháng trước

    Happy Friday everyone, thanks for watching our vidyas!

    • Gerberger


      17 ngày trước

      Your non-political stuff is actually watchable...

    • MrSolidBlake


      26 ngày trước

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

    • Misan


      26 ngày trước

      hello, why can't chickens fly?

    • Official Spartacat

      Official Spartacat

      26 ngày trước

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

    • Official Spartacat

      Official Spartacat

      26 ngày trước

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

  2. Jesse Hodges

    Jesse Hodges

    Ngày trước

    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?

  3. jake glozier

    jake glozier

    Ngày trước

    Golfer *plays well* Opponents *not fair*

  4. Evan McGough

    Evan McGough

    Ngày trước

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

  5. Jagroop Dhillon

    Jagroop Dhillon

    Ngày trước

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

  6. ankomono


    Ngày trước

    nice, I love the ending

  7. Christian Ivarsson

    Christian Ivarsson

    Ngày trước

    I have no idea what they suffer from but this is pure madness... Does it really matter when all players has the same advantage?

  8. BigTrouble444


    Ngày trước

    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...

  9. Obr Kenobi

    Obr Kenobi

    Ngày trước

    Yea, just make the courses bigger.

  10. The Golf Life

    The Golf Life

    2 ngày trước

    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.

  11. Pilotgolfer 84

    Pilotgolfer 84

    2 ngày trước

    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?

  12. Peter McGill

    Peter McGill

    2 ngày trước

    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...

  13. Ismail Amiri

    Ismail Amiri

    2 ngày trước

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

  14. Redstone


    2 ngày trước

    *_Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions_*

  15. Jonas Ramkhelawan

    Jonas Ramkhelawan

    2 ngày trước

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

  16. yaboiGarrett


    3 ngày trước

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

  17. TheGreatYukon


    3 ngày trước

    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.

  18. Deshawn Saunders

    Deshawn Saunders

    4 ngày trước

    Snazzy music towards the end was snazzy. Great video!

  19. Oh yeah Yeah

    Oh yeah Yeah

    4 ngày trước

    Don’t care still think golf is boring

  20. Ian Nelly

    Ian Nelly

    4 ngày trước

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

  21. Naief Alromi

    Naief Alromi

    4 ngày trước

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

  22. Jimmy James

    Jimmy James

    4 ngày trước

    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 🤡

  23. Firey Saediga

    Firey Saediga

    4 ngày trước

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

  24. Brad Carter

    Brad Carter

    5 ngày trước

    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.

  25. Lukas Campaert

    Lukas Campaert

    5 ngày trước

    I don't speak pick up truck

  26. griffin harrel

    griffin harrel

    5 ngày trước

    Has a ton to do with innovation in clubs

  27. Pablo Quirós

    Pablo Quirós

    6 ngày trước

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

  28. Marco Abyss

    Marco Abyss

    6 ngày trước

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

  29. SungBen


    7 ngày trước


  30. LeviaRiosh


    7 ngày trước

    5:32 Modern provlems require modern solutions.

  31. Kione


    7 ngày trước

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

  32. Ross Catto

    Ross Catto

    7 ngày trước

    Being left handed is a gift.

  33. Ergys Ura

    Ergys Ura

    7 ngày trước

    Please at least add International units too.

  34. Growth Curve Marketing

    Growth Curve Marketing

    7 ngày trước

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

  35. sunny wong

    sunny wong

    8 ngày trước

    I got a golf ad?

  36. Sara M

    Sara M

    8 ngày trước

    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

  37. MaTtRoSs96


    8 ngày trước

    well done

  38. nero wulfee92

    nero wulfee92

    8 ngày trước

    And the problem is...?

  39. interrobangings


    8 ngày trước

    abrupt, unsatisfying ending. you can do better

    • TonyZed68


      7 ngày trước

      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?

  40. Smartest Temmie

    Smartest Temmie

    9 ngày trước

    We COULD just abolish golf as a sport.

  41. spaghetti servant

    spaghetti servant

    9 ngày trước

    bad bda not good bad bad

  42. John Smith

    John Smith

    9 ngày trước

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

  43. Evan Walter

    Evan Walter

    9 ngày trước

    I got a literal golf ad.

  44. Hussein


    9 ngày trước

    This is one of the most useless videos ever created

  45. Oliver McKinley

    Oliver McKinley

    9 ngày trước

    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.

  46. Punav Mirlekar

    Punav Mirlekar

    9 ngày trước

    just add checkpoints

  47. Faith McCrary

    Faith McCrary

    10 ngày trước

    Vox is better than Zquil.

  48. Dario Cano

    Dario Cano

    10 ngày trước

    Would a dimpled plane fly faster

  49. Svanzscape


    10 ngày trước

    And later : *cummies* Filled with...

  50. Etzerdlas Gaudistuben

    Etzerdlas Gaudistuben

    11 ngày trước

    these chaps should play minigolf, m8s.

  51. briank05


    11 ngày trước

    Ah Balls

  52. Isaac Asad

    Isaac Asad

    12 ngày trước

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

  53. Callum Charnholm

    Callum Charnholm

    12 ngày trước

    This is the best VNchannel comment section😂

  54. George Island

    George Island

    12 ngày trước

    Golf was invented when Bilbo Baggins' father knocked the troll king's head into a gopher hole, creating the sport of golf. ;)

    • LordVader1094


      12 ngày trước


  55. Stormツ


    12 ngày trước

    Welcome back to another episode of youtube recommendations

  56. C Nebula

    C Nebula

    13 ngày trước

    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.

  57. Simon Hirst

    Simon Hirst

    13 ngày trước

    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.

  58. gama tastica

    gama tastica

    13 ngày trước

    "Wait a minute.. I hate golf!" - Mr. Krabs (SpongeBob SquarePants - S04E07 - Selling Out, 3:47, september 23 2005 USA)

  59. The Awesome jacky

    The Awesome jacky

    14 ngày trước

    i got a ad for golf preformance improvement before the video

  60. Yulee Oh

    Yulee Oh

    14 ngày trước

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

  61. J.D. Myers

    J.D. Myers

    14 ngày trước

    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?

  62. EmptyWalletMultimedia


    15 ngày trước

    shut up. golf has always been a sport about technique and equipment. hopefully in the future courses can be even bigger

  63. Rodrick H Smokes Dank

    Rodrick H Smokes Dank

    15 ngày trước

    Fine VNchannel, I'll watch it

  64. Mr F

    Mr F

    15 ngày trước

    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.

  65. Francesca


    16 ngày trước

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

  66. Abram Chambers

    Abram Chambers

    16 ngày trước

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

  67. Tyler Zondervan

    Tyler Zondervan

    16 ngày trước

    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!

  68. ShakotanStyle


    16 ngày trước

    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

    • LordVader1094


      12 ngày trước

      fukn exposed

  69. Alex Minty

    Alex Minty

    16 ngày trước

    Make courses longer, job done.

  70. Pepito Los palotes

    Pepito Los palotes

    16 ngày trước

    Este es el partido politico? 😂

  71. Michael


    17 ngày trước

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

  72. Devin Kim

    Devin Kim

    17 ngày trước

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

  73. kaylor87


    17 ngày trước

    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...

  74. Richard Lawson

    Richard Lawson

    17 ngày trước

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

  75. TSM Vids

    TSM Vids

    17 ngày trước


  76. Lucas Nash

    Lucas Nash

    17 ngày trước

    who cares if they are to good? THEY WANT TO BE GOOD

  77. אוהד פפר

    אוהד פפר

    17 ngày trước


  78. Nessquickable


    17 ngày trước

    I don't even know why I'm watching this but it seems interesting.

  79. Avery Tatavitto

    Avery Tatavitto

    17 ngày trước

    Most outdated courses aren't played on tour. Soooooo...

  80. junk can

    junk can

    18 ngày trước

    Can't believe how many people misuse the word "concerning" when they mean something else.

  81. Callum Tanner

    Callum Tanner

    18 ngày trước

    All these types of videos take so freaking long to get to the point 🙄

  82. Trey Dietz

    Trey Dietz

    18 ngày trước

    Don't these people make guitar amps? If so, what do they have to do with golf?

  83. ATK Tavis

    ATK Tavis

    18 ngày trước

    I wonder, how much have those extra yards costed to the manufacturers. ;)

  84. Jaime Escalante

    Jaime Escalante

    18 ngày trước

    I find this this is consistent with many of Vox's leftist agendas- concerns that are made to seem bigger than they really are.

  85. JackJ764


    18 ngày trước

    Fine VNchannel, I'll watch it.

  86. Marc Pabel

    Marc Pabel

    18 ngày trước

    I hit the baal too far each time.

  87. The Final countdown

    The Final countdown

    18 ngày trước

    Golf version of auto tune

  88. Cavecat


    18 ngày trước

    Nobody: Golfers: We are getting too good! The game is not boring enough anymore!

  89. JS Mariani

    JS Mariani

    18 ngày trước

    Golf club innovation accounts for just as much as ball changes.

  90. The 135 Joker

    The 135 Joker

    18 ngày trước

    I think its a mistake to limit the kinds of balls allowed (within reason). The masters is about watching the best playing their best and limiting that is limiting the entertainment value.

  91. Marcus Ulmer

    Marcus Ulmer

    18 ngày trước

    Oakmont is the least obsolete course in the world.

  92. Retro-boy


    18 ngày trước

    Why am I watching a video about a golf ball?

  93. Golden Pig

    Golden Pig

    19 ngày trước

    wouldn't this just make hole in ones in torunaments impossible tho?

  94. Pug Life

    Pug Life

    19 ngày trước

    Fine VNchannel I watched it

  95. Fer L.

    Fer L.

    19 ngày trước

    Yeah these fancy balls is why I’m a scratch golfer.... NOT!!’ I can hit the ball a mile myself but there’s so much more to being a complete golfer than just that

  96. XO


    19 ngày trước

    playing golf lmao

  97. Aaron Hyde

    Aaron Hyde

    19 ngày trước

    Golfers aren't getting too good. These pansy golf courses are too short

  98. sleuth 2077

    sleuth 2077

    19 ngày trước

    Seems like that golf ball realized “his future so bright"......... Bc he doesn't have aids......

  99. Oco ro

    Oco ro

    19 ngày trước

    and this is a problem why? ah yes, money. it costs too much to make bigger courses? boo hoo

  100. KBM Racing

    KBM Racing

    19 ngày trước

    Gotta love Bubba!

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