I want to thank you Frank for your considered and informative comments. I have benefited from your insights and look forward to your weekly e-mails.
I know you have been involved in the golf industry and administration for some time and now specializing in education, so my question is appropriate.
You have seen many changes in golf and especially in equipment: do you think that technology advances have had an adverse effect on the game and are the governing bodies administering the game in a manner assuring its good health?
Thanks for your comments, I am pleased that we at Frankly Golf are providing some information which is helpful and gives our readers food for thought.
If we look at the history of advances in technology in equipment from a broad perspective we see very little change relative to how communication and transportation have changed over the last fifty years.
In fact if we go back a little more than 100 years (before the automobile was first introduced and we hadn’t yet been able to fly) we were playing golf with rules very similar to those we use today.
Equipment hasn’t changed much at all – relative to what surrounds us. So to answer your question I can say without doubt that technology has not had a detrimental effect on the game and the claims made about the improved performance are more in the minds of marketing departments than the R&D departments of the industry.
If we believed the marketing claims we should all be driving the ball straight and about 400 to 450 yards.
The administrators are doing the best they can in most cases but when we truly understand that the game is very personal and a self-evaluation process then we recognize that it will survive for many more years with the laws of physics governing the performance of equipment.
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