The Masters has got me in a the golf mood but I have questioned one thing. Over the last 15 years the advances in equipment such as large headed long drivers and much straighter and longer balls should in theory make the game easier. I think this is only true for already good players (single figure handicap). For middle and higher handicaps the new equipment can only help them to hit it further into the trees. Manufacturers would never admit to this as it would slow sales but is there any evidence.
Do advances in sport technology benefit newcomers and high skilled players alike, or does better equipment require a skilled player to be used effectively?