Fri Dec 19 11:01am EST
Golfers are like lonely single dudes or wannabe actors; they'll believe anything you tell them if they think it'll improve their chances in The Game. That's not to say that certain golf improvements haven't dramatically altered the game, otherwise we'd still be using the ol' mashie niblick to belt the ball around the course.
Now, courtesy of a research team at Seoul National University in Korea, you'll soon be carving at least two strokes per hole off your game. Well, maybe not, but your ball will do something different. Maybe. At least it'll look different on the tee.
The deal? Well, according to Hae Cheon Choi and his fellow researchers, your game sucks because of the dimples on your ball. See, you putt one of those balls even slightly off-center and the dimple will make the ball roll offline. So, eliminate the dimples and you eliminate that problem.
Ah, but the dimples are there for a reason, and it's not just to look pretty. They help the ball carry farther off the tee, so the Seoul team hit on the idea of carving grooves into the ball in a symmetrical fashion. Thus, the ball hangs up higher and travels straighter.
Technology appears to be a wonderful thing, but at some point, all these amazing golf improvements start mucking with your head. How? Because at some point, when you've filled up an entire trunk with the latest in tricked-out gear, you're going to have to come to terms with the fact that it's you that stinks, not your equipment. And then, my friend, you are spiritually free to play as crappily as you like. But you'll look good doing it.
(Tip of the visor to Mouthpiece Sports)