Is change needed – and if so, what would you ad­vo­cate?

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“They don’t need to do any­thing in terms of equip­ment. The game has prob­a­bly never been as pop­u­lar if you in­clude when Tiger was at his best. No one thought he hit it too far and he was one of the long­est guys out there.” “We need two sets of rules on equip­ment, one for pros and an­other for am­a­teurs. Tech­nol­ogy isn’t go­ing back­wards so there’s got to be some­thing done at some point. Roll the ball back or man­date a tour ball and limit what you can do from a tech­nol­ogy stand­point with the driver.” “There’s clearly two di™er­ent games – the one we play and the one ev­ery­one else plays. The USGA needs to come to­gether with the man­u­fac­tur­ers and fig­ure out what’s best for the game, to adapt to the ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy and fit­ness. I think they’ll fig­ure out.” “There should be two sets of rules, one for am­a­teurs and one for us. Clearly am­a­teurs aren’t hit­ting the ball too far so why pe­nalise them? But at some point it’s go­ing to get ridicu­lous for a lot of rea­sons if we have to start go­ing to 8,000-yard golf cour­ses be­cause that’s where the game is head­ing.” “Rolling the ball back would be the eas­i­est and quick­est so­lu­tion. Have a set of stan­dards, on tour at least, and the ball has to fit within that. But that’s never go­ing to hap­pen un­less the man­u­fac­tur­ers get on board and that isn’t go­ing to hap­pen be­cause there’s too much money in­volved.”

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