The innovation in club technology over the past 40 years is almost unmeasurable. The science of golf, rooted in physics, as allowed amateur players to maximize distance of poorly hit golf balls. Don’t get me wrong, I am a player that has benefited from new technology, but I learned to play with clubs that needed to be hit squarely on the club face; so, that has benefited my game today. In the words of Tiger Woods: “Clubs have changed a ton!”
Technology has changed and this is a proven fact. I also found this other video where three amateurs hit clubs from three different eras that I found very interesting:
Here is a little physics to go with the other videos:
After watching these two videos, I bet you are wondering if there is a ‘SO WHAT’ to my article. Well, there is a bit of one for sure. I think that the change (improvement) in technology has removed the onus on the player to improve their swing technique. Amateurs (myself included sometimes) have adopted the “good enough” results with specific clubs because the results of poor contact is hidden through technological advances in golf club equipment.
I realize that the current trend of modifications to golf equipment is only going to continue, yet I cannot help wonder if this path is really good for golf. I guess it has opened the door to many new players who rely on forgiving clubs to enjoy the game; but has it really helped maintain the foundation of golf skills needed to sustain pure nature of golf. I might be taking a more puritanically approach to this topic than most because I like working at my game. I guess in the big scheme of things, each golfer is seeking something different and that is good for the golf industry……right? Regardless, technology has helped and hurt golf, it really depends on which side of the fence you are standing.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!