Technology is ruining golf.
Dustin Johnson hit a 439-yard drive in a golf tournament this week. It’s the longest drive in a PGA event since 2013.
That’s about 100 yards longer than the longest average on tour, and it’s ridiculous.
Driving distances have continued to increase as golfers have gotten fitter and stronger while clubs and balls have become livelier.
Golf courses have scrambled to keep up. Elegant, old courses like Augusta National, home of the Masters, are being reconstructed and lengthened in an effort to accommodate the new technology.
Golf courses already take up more than enough room. The renovations cost millions of dollars and they’re totally changing the traditions of the sport.
The simple solution was recommended several years ago by Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus suggested deadening the golf balls, to stop making them with materials that send them into orbit.
Nicklaus knows what he’s talking about.