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Reduced flight balls closer than we think?

Post by jasonfish11 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:05 am

http://golfweek.com/2018/02/20/usga-mik ... golf-ball/

I'm not sure where I stand on this other than it will bring some great shorter courses back into major rotation. Also maybe they will quit building 8,000 yard courses and charging $150/round to play them?
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Post by jasonfish11 » Tue May 15, 2018 4:28 pm

The USGA wants your opinions on distance now...

http://survey.usga.org/s3/DistanceInsights
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Post by jasonfish11 » Tue May 15, 2018 4:29 pm

I was bored and wrote this response...

I have mixed thoughts. When I play golf with other recreational players the thought of "man these guys hit it too far" never crosses my mind. Most of them need to hit it further not shorter. I have worked hard on my game and I'm to a point where I feel distance is fine (average driver is 260 yards on game golf).

On the PGA tour (don't read this as professional golf as the LPGA is fine), distance is causing issues. People see the PGA tour playing courses that are 7800+ yards and they feel a course under 7000 yards isn't a "championship" golf course. This causes course builders to build bigger courses that cost more and wind up charging more to play. Even though the Landford Municiple course has no intent of ever hosting a big tournament. But "we" recreational golfers want to play on a similar course as the pros. So Landford Muni got built at 7500 yards so we will come to it and play like the pros. Then the price to play is $70/round. Which is too steep for Landford Muni, Dan Connor can't pay a $70 round. So he's forced to sit at home and drink beer with Rosanne.
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Post by DougE » Tue May 15, 2018 9:13 pm

I filled out their (USGA) survey and sent them my honest opinion. They aren't going to like it.

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Post by GBOGEY » Tue May 15, 2018 11:34 pm

I find it interesting that they are so focused on the ball. I think it is because the Pro VI changed the game and there is almost a pre and post Pro VI in tour history. But in the 9 years that I've been playing I think it's more the equipment that has changed than the ball. At the pro level, you have to take into account the physical condition of the pros - they are bigger and more athletic and in some case more freak of nature (think how Justin Thomas and Rory can rotate despite being small). It's not like that is going away.

To me it's all relative. My favorite length for par 72 course is around 6200-6300 yards. I feel like at that length I generally have to hit all the shots but if I'm having a great driving day, I'm hitting lots of wedges. If you reduce my distance by 10%, just hope that will move further in.

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Post by legitimatebeef » Wed May 16, 2018 9:38 am

GBOGEY wrote:
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I find it interesting that they are so focused on the ball. I think it is because the Pro VI changed the game and there is almost a pre and post Pro VI in tour history. But in the 9 years that I've been playing I think it's more the equipment that has changed than the ball. At the pro level, you have to take into account the physical condition of the pros - they are bigger and more athletic and in some case more freak of nature (think how Justin Thomas and Rory can rotate despite being small). It's not like that is going away.
People exercise more now but I don't think there's been a real size increase in golf. I think golfers now just swing way harder than they did in the muscleback/persimmon/pre-graphite eras.
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Post by jasonfish11 » Wed May 16, 2018 9:44 am

I agree. I'd like to see something that compares club head speed over time.

Even though that isn't something you'd be able to get good historical data on.
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Post by GBOGEY » Wed May 16, 2018 3:00 pm

Agree and disagree - the average tour pro was 6'2" several years ago - I'm sure that's up considerably since 1995. That's one reason that the standard putter length is now 34-35".

But even the smaller guys are swinging harder / generating more club speed. Some of it is training, but some of it has to be natural born physical abilities. That said we could have a whole other forum on what that is doing to the little guys backs. I personally don't think most human bodies, even for supreme athletes, are built to handle that much torque over a long period. I think DJ is about the only one with the physique to handle it, but obviously guys like Jason Day may not be able to do it for 20 years.

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Post by legitimatebeef » Wed May 16, 2018 5:19 pm

I didn't do the survey, but if they want to limit the distance it's ok with me. Anyways the balls we play now are already "reduced-flight", so rhetorically speaking let's be honest here we are talking about simply an increase of an existing regulation/limitation. And if such a limit would result in Joe Blow being pushed off the back tees, then tough titties is what I say.
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Post by sjduffers » Wed May 16, 2018 8:25 pm

The problem is that the average man's drive is 205 for amateurs (all ages and handicaps combined), I remember reading somewhere, so if you take 20% off, it would become 164 yards. Forget even playing 6000 yards courses, then! Not to mention that all the hazards, bunkers, etc, that were designed for around 200 yards drives (for amateurs) would become out of place, the greens would look huge (since we'd have to be much closer to even think of hitting them), etc... Even 10% might be too much of a reduction for the amateur game and Joe Blow. The solution is to bifurcate the ball (not the rules, just the ball) for the very elite. These guys are playing a game with which we are not familiar...
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Re: Reduced flight balls closer than we think?

Post by legitimatebeef » Sat May 19, 2018 9:39 am

sjduffers wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 8:25 pm
The problem is that the average man's drive is 205 for amateurs (all ages and handicaps combined), I remember reading somewhere, so if you take 20% off, it would become 164 yards. Forget even playing 6000 yar
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Re: Reduced flight balls closer than we think?

Post by sjduffers » Sat May 19, 2018 2:08 pm

legitimatebeef wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 9:39 am
sjduffers wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 8:25 pm
The problem is that the average man's drive is 205 for amateurs (all ages and handicaps combined), I remember reading somewhere, so if you take 20% off, it would become 164 yards. Forget even playing 6000 yar
Tough titties. :nope
I actually read that the average distance in 1996 was 200 yards and 208 in 2016. So not the huge gains that the overlords of the game want us to believe are happening. Of course, all your drives are 270 yards or more, so even with 54 yards less (20%), you'd still be flying over the bunkers set at 200. Right? :rofl

Seriously though, look realistically around you at the average duffer and you'll see that 200 yards is a "decent" drive for most people. There are many, many guys that never come close to that. Not to mention women and kids.
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