Golf equipment has changed and advanced significantly in recent years. In particular, modern technology has allowed clubs to be smaller and golfers to drive the ball more than ever before. On Wednesday, former PGA Tour golfer Tom Watson joined themto talk about how technology has gotten to sports — and why it’s great.
“It’s been great for the game because it’s made it easier to play,” Watson said. “Heavier clubs around, iron heads, and lighter shafts compared to the old power shafts. Our driver in those days was about 14 ounces. Now, drivers today are in the upper 11-ounce range. They can swing it faster and hit it.” longer.
“Everybody wants to hit the ball farther, right? Farther and faster. Every manufacturer wants you to hit the ball farther, and there’s one thing that’s true. Technology has made the golfer’s game easier.”
Watson announced his retirement in 2019 after winning eight major championships in his illustrious career. Although he no longer plays golf, Watson told CBS Sports HQ that he still loves hitting the links.
“I still love to play the game. I’m a golfer. I still wake up and I’m a golfer,” he said. “I gave my all to the game of golf earlier in my career and tried to be as good as I could be. That still doesn’t leave me. When I play golf, I still have fun with a good shot. It doesn’t happen more than once a month. Going to practice and hitting a good shot after a good shot, I enjoy it.”