At about 30:00 in to the Goydos/Sutherland podcast, @Soly said two things I’d like to talk about.
He said that the time to legislate the ball was before the Pro V1. It’s a commonly said thing, but I have never actually been sure what people have meant by that. The ball WAS legislated prior to the Pro V1 - distance balls like Pinnacles and Top-Flites and even whatever Titleist (actually branded Titleist balls) were in compliance. They were solid core, with non-balata covers. The Pro V1 is basically a Pinnacle with a urethane cover. Distance balls were legal then and are still legal now - so my question is: what kind of legislation were they looking for? The only thing I can imagine is one where they have a standard driver and wedge type combo and they legislate the slope of the ball speed and spin line between those two clubs or something. Which, as we’ve discussed here in other topics, would be incredibly difficult to do. So what do people think “could” have been legislated in 1996 or whatever?
He said that the “tolerances” on the ball have been looser (please correct me if my summarizing/paraphrasing is off) in recent years. I don’t understand this either. They added a new level to the Overall Distance Standard some number of years ago, but it basically extended the previous ODS to account for higher ball speeds, to make sure the “swing speed vs. ball speed/distance” graph didn’t actually begin to get steeper at a certain speed (as it is, it gets slightly shallower as swing speed increases - it’s not perfectly linear). So what did he mean by that, too, because from what I know the ODS still applies, and while they’ve changed their testing methods, nothing about the ball regulations has been “loosened.”
Asking honestly, and ideally, we can perhaps stick to just what’s technically sought here and even what’s literally possible. I hope to avoid discussing whether this is “best” or “golf courses are being made obsolete” or anything like that. Just the technical stuff, and what exactly @Soly meant.
I searched, @3wiggle, and could not find something quite similar enough, even ignoring that this was prompted by a recent podcast.