My son and I disagree - he is ok with it. I am not. Although DeChambeau deserves credit for reducing the golf swing to a simpler form, he has further diminished the value of modern day major tournament (as well as other tournament) victories. Equipment improvements have eroded the skill set requirements of players n over time to the point where it is impossible to compare records between generations. I have long felt that professional golfers should be required to play with “blade” irons and use the same ball, not one that has been tailored for their particular swing characteristics. Oh well, who am I to say.
Maybe golf needs to look at baseball. High school and collage players are allowed to use aluminum bats while major leagues can only use wood bats. The USGA and R&A need to consider reducing the size of drivers, the length of drivers and perhaps golf ball characteristics for professional golfers and those amateurs playing in sanctioned tournaments.
I thought My Golf Spy's answer to the growing distance concern in today's game was logical: narrow the fairways and grow the rough to reward precision shots. Bryson pretty well blew that theory out of the water. But it's like he said, regardless of what is done to dial back the distance, the game will still reward the longer hitters...
Sorry for my miserable english, I am swiss.You with your articles are creating such an artificial problem on a natural champion's talent: I am hitting 240yds on a regular shaft 460cc , that in DeChambeau's hands, would probably reach 380yds!Hurrah that someone is showing us new technics and body capability!Or we all sing as Pavarotti and drive as Hamilton?Regards.paolo Jasson
Give them a balata ball. Then let's see what happens. Back in 1980's it was hard just to pay the price of balata. Let's see what happens with the spin and compression of balata.Golf was once a stage for artists, lets make it that again. Bomb and gouge is boring.
Heck no. The courses weren’t designed for that kind of play. It takes shot making out of the equation. Unfortunately with everyone focused on distance for the last few years you can’t expect anything else.
These big drives are taking the strategy out of the game. It isn’t as fun to watch and appreciate the course design
The keys to distance are physical and equipment. The players are working on improving their strength and technique to maximize their swing and ball speed. They need to be allowed to continue in this segment without limitation. Equipment, on the other hand, needs to be evaluated fully with respect to providing unfair advantage to players. The equipment specs need to be closely monitored by the USGA to ensure that they comply with club and ball standards. Therefore, the only areas in which distance can be controlled is equipment and ball. Modifying the ball and driver materials, in my opinion, is the only fair way to limit carrying distances.
Will never happen. Pro golfers will always use the same basic equipment as recreational players. Theirs is of course tweaked to the nth degree, but if you have the money, you can get exactly what they have. All other sports use the same equipment from HS and beyond with the notable exception being baseball bats which there is an ever-increasing movement to abolish aluminum bats in HS and college. They will never make "pro-use" golf balls and "recreational-use" golf balls. And the minute Johnny Weekender gets a hold of a limited flight ball and can no longer drive the ball 200 yards, there will be a mass exodus from the sport.
The key is the course. They have to stop mowing the first and second cuts just inches high and place the emphasis back on control, not just distance. I have no problem watching a guy drive 340 onto the fairway. But when he is hitting only 50-60% of fairways in regulation but still makes par because they can get out of the rough just as easy....that needs to stop.
Also, they need to start treating tournament set-ups as part of the course. Bogus that a guy can hit the ball to the base of a grandstand and get relief. For that week, the grandstand IS PART OF THE COURSE.
Strength is not just given. He works hard to get the strength and speed behind the club. Work on muscle mass if you can’t compete. Good for you Bryson.
The pros, including Bryson, are trying to improve so they can perform as well as possible. We should appreciate that, not take it away from them. Downgrading their equipment to make them more average is not the way to go. Read "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut. That is not a future I want to see. Make the courses more challenging for the tournament pros so that they can display their full range of abilities for the rest of us to appreciate and try to emulate.