One of my golf buddies just got fitted for an entire bag of clubs, everything except the putter. He (like me) is about 50 years old. His new irons have graphite shafts.
The funny thing is he told me he actually paid a little extra for a certain set of graphite shafts which "look like" steel shafts. He said he didn't want anyone to know he was playing graphite shafts in his irons. (Odd, that he told me, but what ever.)
Anyway, it made me think. Why is there a stigma behind playing graphite shafts in your irons? Nobody even thinks twice about a graphite shaft in a hybrid, why such a fuss over irons?
Tall and skinny used to be the norm in the NBA. Now you have the LeBrons who have muscle-enriched shoulders, arms, chest, legs. It's a matter of keeping up with the Jones'es or fall behind. There's no going back. Could soon be the case with pro golf.
Again, I'm not saying people are going to go the extreme route like Bryson does, only that people will stop seeing size as a detriment to the golf swing and hit the weights more.
It would simply be the evolution of the sport. Big and strong tends to be the norm to succeed in most other sports. Even if I had world class talent, I'd struggle in the NHL at 5'9, 150. The days where a PGA Tour golfer could be a multiple major winner averaging 265 off the tee are gone. One day a guy averaging 285 will be considered a short hitter.