THE ROAD AHEAD
While it was easy to get excited about Tiger Woods joining the chorus of those calling for change, his opinion may not actually change anything. Tiger believes the USGA is already looking at the possibility of a reduceddistance ball, but Jack was saying the same thing back in 2012, and he’s still waiting. Common sense suggests that while the USGA’s numbers tell them there is no immediate problem to address, nothing will change. “Despite what some people write, we’ve seen roughly 13 years in a row where distance at the elite level is hardly moving, which is where we wanted to get it to,” says USGA executive director Mike Davis. “This notion of people saying that the USGA and the R&A had their heads in the sand… the stark reality is it’s hardly moving.”
Until it moves too far to be any longer ignored and an alarm bells sounds at USGA HQ, it’ll be business as usual.