THE PRO V1 IM­PACT

Golf Digest (South Africa) - - The Golf Life - An ex­cerpt from Faster, Higher, Stronger: How Sports Sci­ence is Cre­at­ing A New Gen­er­a­tion Of Su­per-Ath­letes, by Mark McClusky. R275 at Kala­hari.com

The first week the new Pro V1 model ball was avail­able for tour­na­ment play, in Oc­to­ber 2000, 47 tour pro­fes­sion­als switched from their pre­vi­ous ball. That sort of whole­sale equip­ment change was un­prece­dented in the his­tory of golf. How fast was the tran­si­tion across the sport? At the 2000 Masters, 59 of the 95 play­ers used a wound golf ball. One year later, only four play­ers used one. By the end of 2001, not a sin­gle tour­na­ment cham­pion on any of the world’s ma­jor pro­fes­sional tours had won us­ing a wound ball; the rout was so com­pre­hen­sive that Titleist stopped mak­ing them.

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