Golf's 'Tall Boys'\nWhat does the new breed of player on the PGA Tour look like? Jaime Diaz explains, and offers the reasons behind their success\n\nRelated: The Top 10 Athletes on the PGA Tour\nWhat does the new breed of player on the PGA Tour look like? Jaime Diaz explains, and offers the reasons behind their success\n\n__Related: The Top 10 Athletes on the PGA Tour\n\n__\nAs the average height of humans goes up with each generation, and golf has become more lucrative, a greater number of taller young athletes are being drawn to the game instead of team sports.\nGrowing up without the stigma attached to long putters, younger players are taking those tools on earlier, confirming what short-game guru Dave Pelz has long held: The longer shaft -- anchored or not -- produces a purer pendulum stroke that is biomechanically sounder.\nEquipment advances are making it easier to hit the ball solid, allowing bigger, more aggressive swings that in years past would have been less effective with less forgiving tools.\nAnd in another recent revisionist move, the weight room is being viewed more cautiously. As training for golf gets more sophisticated and sport specific, lifting heavy weights and thickening muscles is being discouraged, while long, loose and flexible muscles with little bulk are becoming more widely acknowledged as the basis for the best body for golf.\nAs tournament courses get longer and demand more power, players have adapted by swinging faster and hitting the ball farther. They have also developed a higher ball flight, that will better hold the ever-firmer greens and tighter pins, while using their longer levers to create clubhead speed that's particularly effective cutting through the rough of missed fairways -- i.e., bomb and gouge.\nTeachers are also growing more reluctant to impose "perfect" swings, instead learning to allow a good athlete to retain what is natural and repeatable as long as certain key fundamentals are followed.