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The Golf Ball ‘Myth’

4.20pm 2nd February 2016 - Management Topics

Dr Steve Otto of the R&A shows a graph that suggests that the pros, since around 2003, have not been hitting the ball any further, whereas throughout the 1990s length increased dramatically
Dr Steve Otto of the R&A shows a graph that suggests that the pros, since around 2003, have not been hitting the ball any further, whereas throughout the 1990s length increased dramatically

Dr Steve Otto, The R&A’s guru on testing equipment, spoke at BTME, the Greenkeepers trade show at Harrogate last month, about a number of what he called ‘myths’. One being that the ball is being hit ever further.

Steve showed a graph that suggested that the pros, since around 2003, have not been hitting the ball any further, whereas throughout the 1990s length increased dramatically.

This suggests to Lorne Smith, Editor of www.FineGolf.co.uk that The R&A and USGA have successfully reined in the ball manufacturers and achieved a measurement technique to stop balls being manufactured to go further.

He asks whether does this not pose the question: “Why can’t the regulators now require that these distances, for numerous reasons, be reduced?”

(For those interested in these numerous reasons, see article giving a summary of Nick Park’s History of the ball’ and Donald Steel’s address to FineGolf’s Enjoyment Day on YouTube.)

Steve would also prefer that definition of tees by gender be abolished to help encourage shorter hitters to play off the forward tees.

Some interesting fact snippets:

Fine Golf www.finegolf.co.uk

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