Is change needed – and if so, what would you advocate?
“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 different 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 8,000yard 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.”