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Comment from: Jonathan [Visitor]
Sports Science Engineering is here to stay and engineers will continuously offer up improvements to all sports. If Thomas L. Friedman’s book, The World is Flat is even half correct then the sports world will even get flatter. Get used to it Jack.
See:
http://stemce11.blogspot.com/2005/08/mickelsons-dimpled-spheroids.html
08/17/05 @ 10:32
Comment from: James [Visitor]
I still have my persimmon driver in the bag, and I hit it straight and 240 every time. My short game sucks though.
08/17/05 @ 17:02
Comment from: Leonard [Visitor]
Courses would be fine if the tour didn't set them up for 40 yards roll everytime a drive hits a fairway. The answer is tall rough, firm greens and narrow fairways.
08/17/05 @ 22:08
Comment from: Greg Pinelli [Visitor]
Nicklaus is right...He is not simply talking about clubs. Their effect on course design and redesign is clear enough. It's the ball. Golf is all about 2 concepts...distance and scatter. The most advanced balls marry the latest club technology and viola!! You have 500 yard par 4s at Baltusrol. Ridiculous!
This is precisely the point that makes it impossible to compare players of the last 10-15 years with others in any era...they literally are beginning to play a game called golf but one that has less and less to do with any benchmark that was once familiar.
08/18/05 @ 10:28
Comment from: Tim McDonald [Member] Email
Greg -- good point, but consider this. Again, I'll use other sports as examples. Technology and human development have improved substantially in basketball, baseball and football, but generational comparisons there are still viable.

Granted, equipment is much more important in golf than any of those sports, but I think not enough to render comparisons invalid. They still have to chip and putt and be accurate off the tee.

I hope you're not going to call for asterisks.
08/18/05 @ 10:53
Comment from: Jim COULTHARD [Visitor]
Equipment is very important in BASEBALL--and that is why Major League batters use wooden bats. Fan don't weem to be bothered even if everybody else uses the higher performance metal bats.
08/18/05 @ 15:08
Comment from: Greg Pinelli [Visitor]
In fact....hoops should be higher in basketball and goals larger in soccer. Have you been to a High School basketball game lately? Nearly every player can dunk the ball. Player size and shoe technology are making shooting...real shooting less valuable and young players practice those skills less. Goals built for 5'10" goalies is practically ruining the offensive side of soccer.
The ONLY reason there is NOT an effective technology standard in golf that protects the integrity of golf courses that stood the test for decades is the Karsten lawsuit. A suit, by the way, that has done incredible harm to the game. Baltisrol is only the latest of the golf course Frankensteins. 500+ par 4s?? 650 yd par 5s?? Ridiculous. Except that......if Baltusrol were played from the same configuaration it was in the 1970s for a Major the winning score would have been -25 or better.
The realization then would have been what the reality truly is...technology has changed golf to a degree that it is becoming unrecognizable.
Chipping and putting will always be important and separate players because technology is rapidly equalizing every other aspect of the game...or making it obsolete. It simply proves the point.
08/18/05 @ 21:37
Comment from: adam [Visitor]
the problem i have is the following: spectators, touring pros, and especially the equipment manufacturers don't have to pay for lengthening (or moving fairway bunkers foward or altering greens) the non-tour courses that the majority of the world plays on ... myself and the other 200 members of my club just dumped $10K into my course 5 years ago and now they're looking for another $5K ... we're actually the victims in this "victim-less" crime
08/19/05 @ 10:31
Comment from: Shanks [Visitor]
All this course lengthening is crazy. We all know that technology is much improved so that the better players are scoring lower than they used to. So what? The difference between players is relative. EVERYBODY in the field is hitting it further than they would with the old equipment. Longer hitters will always have an advantage if they can keep it out of the rough/trees. Shorter hitters have to catch up with accuracy and putting. That will never change.

08/24/05 @ 10:33

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