The Pros Only Hit 240 Yard Drives!
Yes you probably don’t believe it but I am going to prove it to you on the video below of Gene Littler and Byron Nelson playing a match on The Shells Wonderful World of Golf show in 1962. Heck I was 12 years old then. I remember the golf balls we had then and the golf clubs. Sure golf clubs were heavier and shorter. The golf balls were soft and curved a lot more.
We never heard of blades because the typical blade golf club was all we had! Every kid I knew started out with a set of Sam Snead Blue Ridge. I started out with a set of wooden shafted irons and one ladies three wood, Louise Suggs.
Heck when I played in the 70’s we used to carry a ring which hung from our golf bags that you could use to push the golf ball through the ring to make sure it was still round. We would use a golf ball for only three holes on tour then. Yup, three holes and into the shag bag it went! What’s a shag bag? Well we hand to carry our own practice balls back then and our caddies would stand out on the range and catch the golf balls and put them back in the bag.
I looked all over Google and could not find a picture of a driving range full of caddies. Maybe you can find one and email it to me. It was amazing they didn’t get killed out there.
First take a look at the video below, (only 10 minutes long) and notice that the drives from Byron Nelson and Gene Littler were going 230 to 240 yards at the longest. One par three was 225 yards and they hit their drivers! They were using 5 irons from 160 yards! Boy how the game of golf has changed.
Another bonus is you’ll get a peak at Pine Valley Golf Club.
The show was held at the very secretive Pine Valley golf club. You can read a nice article which was forwarded to us by one of our valued lesson members Howard Casway.
See the complete article on Pine Valley and it’s very interesting history at http://articles.philly.com/2016-02-08/sports/70424528_1_pine-valley-crump-cup-clementon