We continually hear of players hitting the ball ridiculously long. I am not talking about a few extra yards, but the pros hitting their ball hundreds of yards father most amateurs. It is impressive and disheartening at the same time to hear or watch their ball sail to the moon and back. I am not sure it is good for the game, but it is the way of the future.
The more I think about it, the more I realize that the nature of golf has evolved to a point where we scratch our heads and think what could possibly be next? Starting at the Tiger era, distances of the tee have steadily increased to a point that if you cannot hit your ball 300+ yards, you will have difficulty competing at the professional level.
No longer can you have a solid swing and laser point accuracy as a professional. It is first about distance, then the other stuff. Distance is king and likely will be the corner stone of the golf swing for years to come.
I asked what the big difference between now an 20 years ago and this is what you said:
As I expected, innovative equipment and fitness lead the answers. I have to agree with this view, but want to change the wording a bit.
The science of golf has empowered players to hit the ball a country mile. Every aspect of the game is analyzed, tested, trialed, and delivered at all levels of the game. The scientific method of improvement has made the greatest impact on golf and will continue to help shape the game of the future.
Here is an example of what I mean:
It never stops. The minutest of details is broken down and rebuilt to perfection. It reminds me of the Bionic Man from back in the 70s, better, stronger, faster, than he was before!
There is no stopping progress. Maybe I am a bit jealous because I only average about 240 yards off the tee. I am hoping my new driver fixes that, but in reality I am not a long ball hitter. It might be something to address this spring when I take the three lessons I planned to take this year.
Or maybe I should ask Santa for a swing like Brooke Henderson, she only averages 270 yards off the tee!
Professional golfers hit the ball ridiculously far. There is no way around it and I do not see things changing anytime soon. With the new scientific method of analyzing golf, I only see greater improvements in distance and accuracy. I am not sure where things will level off, but it is not going to happen anytime soon.
Do you think that golf has evolved too much, too fast?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!