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The Golf Ball Myth

The Golf Ball Myth
22nd November 2016 Dean Klatt

The Golf Ball Myth!?

Is the golf ball really getting longer?

That’s the common myth surrounding golf… golf ball performance has advanced so much that today’s balls are too long and destroying the game.

In truth, there’s been no noticeable distance gains in well over a decade.

Total driving distance on the USPGA Tour has actually reduced slightly since 2003, as have statistics for the Longest Drive category.


The games governing bodies, the USGA and R&A, have reigned in golf ball performance, despite what the billion dollar corporations behind the big golf ball brands would have you believe.

Back in 2002, the R&A and USGA released a ‘joint statement of principals’ regarding golf equipment which effectively capped the performance of the golf ball.

All golf balls, regardless of brand, must adhere to these same regulations.

Initial velocity (ball speed), size, weight, shape and total distance (length) were all subject to a set performance regulations which could not be exceeded.

The results? Performance plateau.

According to Dr Steve Otto, the R&A’s Director of Research & Testing (and ex NASA, a genuine rocket scientist) the average golfer drove 206 yards in 1996 and 210 yards in 2015. “People insist on the ball going further and the big players hitting it further. It’s simply not true”

Consider the advancements in golf club technology, club fitting, and coaching during the same period, and it’s safe to say the idea of the golf ball getting ‘longer’ is a myth.

But how then, do you explain the 350 yard drives we see on the PGA Tour?

Again, Dr Otto reports “It’s one of those things that people will rely on a ­single shot to make a case, that I saw this player hit the ball 360 yards. They can do that, but they don’t do it all the time and they forget to mention there was wind behind them.”

What about the 200 yard #7 iron?

Consider how much stronger and fitter todays tour players are. Swing speed for an average tour player is 113 mph, while long hitters can be around 128mph.

Golf equipment companies have been ‘tweaking’ the lofts of their irons for years, making them stronger, in order to gain extra distance.

Take a look at the difference between two popular irons from a leading brand:

Today’s #7 iron was actually a #6 iron in 2003.

There are many factors at play, but ball performance has well and truly plateaued.

So why are you paying so much for premium golf balls?

Well, you don’t have to anymore, that’s for sure.

Take the new SD-01 from Seed Golf.

It’s been designed right up to the USGA/R&A regulations with a premium multi layer construction and a tour grade urethane cover for optimal spin and control.

The SD-01’s performance compares with the market leading brands but cost’s around 50% less.

If you’re tired of losing expensive balls, the SD-01 is for you.

Try it today.

You wont look back.