Anyone who grew up with persimmon woods, forged irons, and balata balls knows that technology has made the game easier and more forgiving. An off-center hit with a cavity-back iron or oversized composite-head driver delivers a far different result than the clubs used by previous generations. In addition, today’s club-fitting systems enable players to get the set that’s just right for them. Spikeless golf shoes are more comfortable (and more waterproof). Moisture-wicking and sun-protection fabrics and other advances in performance apparel have improved the clothes golfers wear. (Bobby Jones looked great in his wool knickers, white dress shirt, and necktie, but can you imagine donning that garb on a hot summer day?). Finally, advances in agronomy and maintenance equipment have vastly improved the fields of play.

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