The Pros are smashing the ball further than ever before. With technology advancements like the Callaway Epic driver, it doesn’t look like this will slow down anytime soon. So, the question begs: should pro’s use limited technology?
Let’s face it, we can’t just keep making courses longer and longer; it’s unrealistic to think that we can just keep pushing tee boxes back and designing new courses pushing 8,000 yards. It is astronomical to think we can keep pumping the time and money it takes to redesign and construct courses. We simply just can’t do it.
Where did the strategy go? Where did the 2-iron stinger go? Where did the thinking part of the game go? We are now seeing historic courses not playing the same due to the fact that many Pros can now outhit the desired landing zone where the trouble lies. Bunkers lying 280 from the tee box? No problem. Pull driver and take them completely out of play. It’s no wonder records are being continually broken. Just look at Justin Thomas: he ripped a 299 yard 3-wood UPHILL at Erin Hills to tie the record for lowest round at a U.S. Open. Now I love seeing records be broken as much as Joe Smoe, but when do we say enough is enough? When do we turn back the hands of time and get back to the roots of the game? We are no longer as excited by a great golf shot as we are by a long one.
I’m not saying the Pro’s should hit wood clubs like baseball players hit wood bats. I do, however, think that there should be a limit on what technology Pros can use. This would bring different elements back into the game. Pro’s would stop looking for length and start working on other aspects of their game more. We would see almost a rejuvenation of the game as we once knew it. I am not saying let’s go back to the 1920’s or even the 1980’s for that matter. I’m saying let’s take a step back to the early 2,000, where technology was just entering the game.
Of course, it’s not all about the clubs. Working out and staying fit has become a huge part of the game ever since Tiger inspired a generation of golfers to look and play like athletes. This will always be a part of the game from now on. But since golfers are getting more fit and technology is advancing rapidly, we need to do something before the Pros are hitting 600-yard Par 5’s in two with a pitching wedge in hand.
Do we really want to go towards a game where grip it and rip it is all it takes? This takes the ‘thinking man’s game’ completely out of the equation. So, what do you think? Drop us a comment and let us know.
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