Woods: Balls Go Too Far, Need To Be Rolled Back

In a report on ESPN.com, based off a podcast episode of ‘Holding Court with Geno Auriemma,’ Tiger Woods claimed he’s hitting the ball farther than ever, and without even trying.

“I can’t believe how far I’m hitting the golf ball,” Woods says. “I’m back to hitting it my full numbers and not really trying to do that. I didn’t realize how much I had dropped off because of the pain in my back and from me going at it and hitting it normal just because I just lived it from day to day and I really couldn’t tell the difference. But now I can tell the difference.”

The former world No. 1 believes that today’s golf balls are “going too far” and that if something is not done to reign in the technology, the pro tours will require courses that play 8,000 yards long.

“We need to do something about the golf ball,” Woods continued. “I just think it’s going too far, because we’re having to build golf courses, if they want to have a championship venue, they’ve got to be 7,400 to 7,800 yards long.

“And if the game keeps progressing the way it is with technology, I think the 8,000-yard golf course is not too far away.”

Woods claimed that the USGA is currently researching ways to roll back some of the advancements.

“The USGA’s already looking at it,” Woods said. “They’re doing some research on what would the world look like if you rolled [the ball] back 10 percent, 15 percent and 20 percent.”

Podcast: Holding Course with Geno Auriemma

Kevin Reid

Kevin Reid is a Pro Golf Weekly producer and contributor. Kevin calls himself a professional golf fan.



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