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


    Mês atrás

    Happy Friday everyone, thanks for watching our vidyas!

    • papahvs YT

      papahvs YT

      3 dias atrás

      +J Cunningham you are gay

    • Gerberger


      22 dias atrás

      Your non-political stuff is actually watchable...

    • MrSolidBlake


      Mês atrás

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

    • Misan


      Mês atrás

      hello, why can't chickens fly?

    • Official Spartacat

      Official Spartacat

      Mês atrás

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

  2. Hack To Scratch Golf

    Hack To Scratch Golf

    12 horas atrás

    Trust me we’re not too good

  3. Erick Brassfield

    Erick Brassfield

    16 horas atrás

    Augusta purchased the adjacent land two years ago, but the tees haven't been moved. Maybe it will be ready for the 2020 Masters?

  4. Truthseeker06


    19 horas atrás

    @ 3:20 Rick sounds like Elmo laughing.

  5. ytubepuppy


    Dia atrás

    Better clubs. Better balls. Better course conditions. Better scores for the pros. Yet amateur scores haven't come down all that much since the 1960s

  6. Jason Yin

    Jason Yin

    Dia atrás

    0:49 Iron with driver sound?

  7. F4T4LITY0 R

    F4T4LITY0 R

    2 dias atrás

    Second swing is an iron but has a driver sound dubbed over lmao

  8. BigTarder


    2 dias atrás

    thanks BR-channel, i really needed this.

  9. Boxing


    2 dias atrás

    I got a solution make the course longer

  10. Roman I

    Roman I

    3 dias atrás

    "unusual and concerning", yeah world problems

  11. Jean Ferret

    Jean Ferret

    3 dias atrás

    A slight issue.....Bridgestone, Choice, Spalding....all making multi layer, none wound balls before Titleist.

  12. Mason Wyberg

    Mason Wyberg

    3 dias atrás

    I have a Pinnacle 2 and a Titleist 4.

  13. Michael White

    Michael White

    3 dias atrás

    at :50 bubbas hitting an iron and his impact sound is a driver.

  14. Vishnu Suraj

    Vishnu Suraj

    3 dias atrás

    I use the pro V1x wbu

  15. Matt Hickman

    Matt Hickman

    4 dias atrás

    Ok I am sorry Vox, but that "steepest part" of that chart looks like noise in line with the rest of the trend line. Cmon folks.

  16. Violent2aShadow


    4 dias atrás

    Someday, they'll make golf balls that sprout wings.

  17. ryo0ka


    4 dias atrás

    The further the golf balls fly the more woods you need to cut open

  18. Matthew Morcos

    Matthew Morcos

    4 dias atrás

    Wtf was that ending

  19. Alexandre Prince

    Alexandre Prince

    4 dias atrás

    There youtube. I watched it. Now leave me alone!

  20. Stasichka


    4 dias atrás

    This has literally been stuck in my recommended for over a month now im trying to watch it to make it go away

  21. GameOfShibe


    5 dias atrás

    Tried to avoid this video for 1 month... BR-channel is rough

  22. Jesse Hodges

    Jesse Hodges

    5 dias atrás

    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?

    • Zachry Zimmerman

      Zachry Zimmerman

      3 dias atrás

      These soiboiz can’t even lift pencils let alone a 460 head driver

  23. jake glozier

    jake glozier

    5 dias atrás

    Golfer *plays well* Opponents *not fair*

  24. Evan McGough

    Evan McGough

    5 dias atrás

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

  25. Jagroop Dhillon

    Jagroop Dhillon

    5 dias atrás

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

  26. ankomono


    5 dias atrás

    nice, I love the ending

  27. Christian Ivarsson

    Christian Ivarsson

    5 dias atrás

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

  28. BigTrouble444


    6 dias atrás

    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...

  29. Obr Kenobi

    Obr Kenobi

    6 dias atrás

    Yea, just make the courses bigger.

  30. The Golf Life

    The Golf Life

    6 dias atrás

    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.

  31. Pilotgolfer 84

    Pilotgolfer 84

    6 dias atrás

    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?

  32. Peter McGill

    Peter McGill

    6 dias atrás

    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...

  33. Ismail Amiri

    Ismail Amiri

    6 dias atrás

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

  34. Redstone


    6 dias atrás

    *_Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions_*

  35. Jonas Ramkhelawan

    Jonas Ramkhelawan

    7 dias atrás

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

  36. yaboiGarrett


    7 dias atrás

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

  37. TheGreatYukon


    8 dias atrás

    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.

  38. Deshawn Saunders

    Deshawn Saunders

    8 dias atrás

    Snazzy music towards the end was snazzy. Great video!

  39. Oh yeah Yeah

    Oh yeah Yeah

    8 dias atrás

    Don’t care still think golf is boring

  40. Ian Nelly

    Ian Nelly

    8 dias atrás

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

  41. Naief Alromi

    Naief Alromi

    8 dias atrás

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

  42. Jimmy James

    Jimmy James

    8 dias atrás

    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 🤡

  43. Firey Saediga

    Firey Saediga

    8 dias atrás

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

  44. Brad Carter

    Brad Carter

    9 dias atrás

    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.

  45. Lukas Campaert

    Lukas Campaert

    10 dias atrás

    I don't speak pick up truck

  46. griffin harrel

    griffin harrel

    10 dias atrás

    Has a ton to do with innovation in clubs

  47. Pablo Quirós

    Pablo Quirós

    10 dias atrás

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

  48. Marco Abyss

    Marco Abyss

    10 dias atrás

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

  49. SungBen


    11 dias atrás


  50. LeviaRiosh


    11 dias atrás

    5:32 Modern provlems require modern solutions.

  51. Kione


    11 dias atrás

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

  52. Ross Catto

    Ross Catto

    11 dias atrás

    Being left handed is a gift.

  53. Ergys Ura

    Ergys Ura

    12 dias atrás

    Please at least add International units too.

  54. Growth Curve Marketing

    Growth Curve Marketing

    12 dias atrás

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

  55. sunny wong

    sunny wong

    12 dias atrás

    I got a golf ad?

  56. Sara M

    Sara M

    12 dias atrás

    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

  57. MaTtRoSs96


    12 dias atrás

    well done

  58. nero wulfee92

    nero wulfee92

    12 dias atrás

    And the problem is...?

  59. interrobangings


    13 dias atrás

    abrupt, unsatisfying ending. you can do better

    • TonyZed68


      11 dias atrás

      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?

  60. Smartest Temmie

    Smartest Temmie

    13 dias atrás

    We COULD just abolish golf as a sport.

  61. spaghetti servant

    spaghetti servant

    13 dias atrás

    bad bda not good bad bad

  62. John Smith

    John Smith

    13 dias atrás

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

  63. Evan Walter

    Evan Walter

    13 dias atrás

    I got a literal golf ad.

  64. Hussein


    13 dias atrás

    This is one of the most useless videos ever created

  65. Oliver McKinley

    Oliver McKinley

    14 dias atrás

    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.

  66. Punav Mirlekar

    Punav Mirlekar

    14 dias atrás

    just add checkpoints

  67. Faith McCrary

    Faith McCrary

    14 dias atrás

    Vox is better than Zquil.

  68. Dario Cano

    Dario Cano

    14 dias atrás

    Would a dimpled plane fly faster

  69. Svanzscape


    14 dias atrás

    And later : *cummies* Filled with...

  70. Etzerdlas Gaudistuben

    Etzerdlas Gaudistuben

    15 dias atrás

    these chaps should play minigolf, m8s.

  71. briank05


    15 dias atrás

    Ah Balls

  72. Isaac Asad

    Isaac Asad

    16 dias atrás

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

  73. Callum Charnholm

    Callum Charnholm

    16 dias atrás

    This is the best BR-channel comment section😂

  74. George Island

    George Island

    16 dias atrás

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

    • LordVader1094


      16 dias atrás


  75. Stormツ


    16 dias atrás

    Welcome back to another episode of youtube recommendations

  76. C Nebula

    C Nebula

    17 dias atrás

    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.

  77. Simon Hirst

    Simon Hirst

    17 dias atrás

    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.

  78. gama tastica

    gama tastica

    18 dias atrás

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

  79. The Awesome jacky

    The Awesome jacky

    18 dias atrás

    i got a ad for golf preformance improvement before the video

  80. Yulee Oh

    Yulee Oh

    18 dias atrás

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

  81. J.D. Myers

    J.D. Myers

    18 dias atrás

    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?

  82. EmptyWalletMultimedia


    19 dias atrás

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

  83. Rodrick H Smokes Dank

    Rodrick H Smokes Dank

    19 dias atrás

    Fine BR-channel, I'll watch it

  84. Mr F

    Mr F

    20 dias atrás

    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.

  85. Francesca


    20 dias atrás

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

  86. Abram Chambers

    Abram Chambers

    20 dias atrás

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

  87. Tyler Zondervan

    Tyler Zondervan

    20 dias atrás

    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!

  88. ShakotanStyle


    20 dias atrás

    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


      16 dias atrás

      fukn exposed

  89. Alex Minty

    Alex Minty

    20 dias atrás

    Make courses longer, job done.

  90. Pepito Los palotes

    Pepito Los palotes

    21 dia atrás

    Este es el partido politico? 😂

  91. Michael


    21 dia atrás

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

  92. Devin Kim

    Devin Kim

    21 dia atrás

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

  93. kaylor87


    21 dia atrás

    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...

  94. Richard Lawson

    Richard Lawson

    21 dia atrás

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

  95. TSM Vids

    TSM Vids

    21 dia atrás


  96. Lucas Nash

    Lucas Nash

    21 dia atrás

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

  97. אוהד פפר

    אוהד פפר

    21 dia atrás


  98. Nessquickable


    22 dias atrás

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

  99. Avery Tatavitto

    Avery Tatavitto

    22 dias atrás

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

  100. junk can

    junk can

    22 dias atrás

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

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