Why Bubba Watson says golf needs to stop getting ‘mad’ at long hitters


Golf is always evolving. The game that was invented in Scotland hundreds of years ago only generally resembles the modern game. As in other sports, players have gotten bigger, stronger and smarter in the modern era.

That progression isn’t always celebrated. Traditionalists argue modern technologies have rendered classic courses obsolete and many are clamoring for something — anything! — to be done to save the soul of the sport.

Bubba Watson is far from a golf traditionalist, and, to him, this line of conservative thinking just doesn’t make sense. Why is it that golf always tries to squash anything that threatens its traditions?