5 must-reads on sports history and science

Things that make you go “Hmmmmm” not specifically golf related but sorta kinda and definitely intriguing


In 1936 Jesse Owens broke the world record for the 100-meter dash in a mind-boggling 10.3 seconds. Yet had he raced in the 2013 World Championships, he would have had another 4 meters to go when Usain Bolt won in 9.58 seconds. That tremendous difference in performance is apparent across the sports world — cycling, gymnastics, the NBA — so what’s going on? Are humans evolving quickly enough to be freakishly better at sports than our counterparts from a mere century ago? Journalist David Epstein says no. In his TED Talk Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger? Epstein looks at factors from across the past fifty years that have led to us to be much better at (some) sports. Bonus: Learn even more from his detailed footnotes.

Below, read five sources chosen by Epstein that dive deeper into sports history and science.

How we’ve changed as athletes

1. “Morphological evolution of…

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