Ugh. Ball….squirt. Probably my least favorite two words in the English language at the moment. I see both sides of the argument, I really do…but I’m firmly on the side of keeping it in and allowing for a little bit of randomness.
I understand this. TGC is a video game and we play it partly because we can hit shots in the game and score much better than we ever could in real life. If you are competing for a top spot in a tournament, or challenging a course record, the last thing you want to see is a decent shot go 5-10 yards to the left or right seemingly without any reason. It has happened to me before and it seems to happen at the worse possible time. I hate it…but at the same time, it makes things interesting.
Everybody has the same issue with ball squirt so there doesn’t seem to be a platform that gets it more or less than the others (as far as I know). If it does happen, suck it up and take par. I also see some videos people post about ball squirt and they don’t seem to notice they are on a slight hill or their swing plane is a touch off…which would obviously affect the path of the ball.
Golf is not a game about perfection. Professional golfers and even machines don’t hit perfect shots that are exactly the same everytime…not even close. I don’t want to see that in a video game. If we can get to the point where we will know EXACTLY what the ball will do when we hit it..the guys who study it and create spreadsheets and calculations will rule the day. I would completely lose interest in the game.
I do think the mechanics need a bit of tweaking though as those few shots that go left or right with no explanations can be maddening. I see two options here.
- Keep “ball squirt”, but have the game give us more feedback..or make it more difficult to hit a straight shot. I think most people would be happy if they had more of an explanation as to why their shot went a few yards off target.
- Eliminate ball squirt completely, but make the landing areas more vague…landing “zones”.
I know there are very passionate people from both camps regarding this issue. This is just my opinion. Feel free to disagree with me in the comments respectfully 🙂