DAVIS LOVE III: That's the thing, if you go back and say they played with hickory shafts and you guys play with steel shafts, you can't compare Bobby Jones to Byron Nelson, that's not fair. We've done that for 100 years. We've compared one generation to the next. We can't say that the athletes in the NBA today aren't 100 percent better than the athletes from 50 years ago just because of training and physiotherapy and understanding your body and how to get better, plus there's just more and more people playing the game.
So yeah, it's hard to say, who's better, Shaq or Wilt Chamberlain because they're from different eras and different backgrounds, but we can compare all the players in the last 15 years because we've all been playing with the same stuff. I think we all get the same equipment. It's not like Tiger has something different than Ernie. You know, we're all getting the same stuff and we're all playing the same stuff that you can go right down go in the pro shop here and buy. I think that's the beauty of the game is the average guy can go out and get a driver, a putter, a wedge, a ball and go see if he can do what Tiger can do, and he can figure out pretty quick that he can't do it.
I've said this all along, give me Jeff Gordon's race car, I can't make it go as fast as Jeff Gordon. He can get more out of it because he's one of the best in the world. We're just taking great equipment that helps people play better and we're getting the most out of it. Sure, we can figure out a way to make this ball go farther than the USGA and Titleist want us to because we're good at it.
I don't think you can bring the best player in every club here and not every one of them can get the most out of the golf ball like we can. You can compare the last 15 years pretty easily, but you can't go back and say, "well, that's not right because Jack had a crappy ball and a crappy shaft. You can't compare your records." Yeah, you can. He dominated his era with equipment that everybody had. It was fair at that time, it's fair in this time, and sure, we don't want the ball to go 400 yards but the USGA has got it figured out. It's not going to go any farther. Is that fun for the average guy? Maybe not.
The two big jumps we've had aren't going to happen again. You have to get into the modern era. It's like any sport. It's just gotten better and better. The game, again, hasn't gotten any easier for the average guy. I think we're in great shape because people love playing. We don't want to keep people from playing and seeing birdies. We need more birdies (laughter). All of us.
JOAN v.T. ALEXANDER: Thank you, Davis, for joining us.
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