Is Bigger Better? | TaylorMade’s 15″ Golf Hole

Is Bigger Better

It’s one of those proverbial life questions, “is bigger better?”

In many areas of life, a lot of people believe bigger is better.

You know what I’m talking about, right fellas!?

Or how about in the movie “Jaws?”

A bigger boat would definitely have been better.

I don’t know if I agree that “bigger is better”, in all cases.

In the golf world, drivers have gotten progressively bigger over the past old driver vs new driverdecade or two. Some drivers look like you’ve taped a Volkswagen to the end of a shaft. It wasn’t until I started looking into competing in long drive competitions, that I switch over to a 400cc+ driver.

Most people I played with, before that, would comment that I could hit my 3 wood over 300 yards. I would always smile, and then show them that the “tiny” headed club I was hitting was actually a driver from the late 90’s.

I like the look of a smaller driver. It “looks” faster to me.

Watch the video below on “Is Bigger Better.”

I recently posted a picture on the GolferOnFire.Com Facebook fanpage that got some people fired up.

taylor mades 15" holeIt was a picture of a green on the TaylorMade 9 hole course, near the Las Vegas Strip, showing a regular size 4.25” golf hole and TaylorMade’s experimental 15” golf hole.

Some people thought it was a great idea, while others thought it was golf blasphemy.

Before we get into whether or not a bigger golf hole seems like a great idea, in your opinion, let’s take a quick golf hole history lesson.

And yes, there is a golf hole history!

Golf Hole History

Prior to 1891 a golf hole could be any size depending on the golf course. There wasn’t really a “standard” size.

In 1829, a gentleman named Robert Grey, needed a way to make the holes quicker.

He worked at the Musselburgh Old Links, which claims to be the world’s oldest golf course, and one of the first things he happened to grab was a piece of the Musselburgh clubhouse drainpipe.

It happened to be 4.25” outside diameter and it has affected the size of the hole on every golf course since.

In the early 1890’s, I found conflicting dates, and I doubt it matters much, the R & A made the 4.25” hole size mandatory by incorporating it into the Rules of Golf.

Check out Musselburgh’s website at Musselburgh Links | The Old Golf Course.

So if you’ve ever wondered where the size of the hole came from and you were looking for some crazy scientific explanation.

Nope…

Just some guy with a pipe looking to make his job easier.

Can you blame him?

The Decline In Golf Play

So here’s my opinion, for what it’s worth.

I’ve been around the golf industry for quite a while.

There has been a huge decline in new players over the past couple of decades so a lot of golf companies are grasping at straws, trying to figure out how to bring in new “players” (read “golf consumers”).

This, in my opinion, is where the 15” golf hole came into play.

I understand this is TaylorMade trying to attract new players to the game.

But will it really?

As a serious, die-hard golfer, it is always going to be hard to wrap your head around “new” stuff. Especially when it seems to change the integrity of the game.

Serious golfers are NOT going to use a 15″ golf hole no matter how fun you tell them it is.

How the hell are you going to celebrate a “hole-in-one”, when you know damn well that you would have missed the hole by 10″ on a normal hole?

You’re not.

My wife is new to golf.

The night we played she refused to use the larger hole because she wants to learn the game right and be really good. She figured if she started using the larger hole, when it came time to putt to a standard size hole, it would be harder.

I have to agree.

To get better at putting, many golfers have used a device that fits in a standard hole and actually makes it smaller. I happen to be one of them.

The thought being if I can hit a very small target, hitting a little bit larger target should be easier.

This is exact opposite using a 15” golf hole.

It IS obviously much easier to hit than a 4.25” golf hole.

Will that make the game better?

I don’t believe it will.

Final Thoughts

What do you golf addicts think?

  • Is Taylor Made correct in thinking that making the putting aspect of the game easier, will attract new players?
  • Do people who don’t play golf know how challenging it is?
  • Do they think it’s too hard and making it easier will get more people “teeing it up?”
  • What changes do you think can or need to be made, to the game of golf, to attract new players?

I have my thoughts, but I want to know yours.

Please comment below and give us your thoughts!

As always my friends…Long and straight!

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