Tiger Woods: “We Need To Do Something About The Golf Ball”

Another headline with Tiger Woods. If you don’t like it, you have no idea how much influence this guy really and truly has on the game of golf. But this article isn’t about Woods, it’s about an important topic that he is addressing.

Woods has announced his return to the professional field and of course, a frenzy ensued. He will be teeing it up at the Hero World Challenge, just like he did at the beginning of last season with hopefully a better turn out.

On a podcast hosted by legendary UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, Woods chatted for more than an hour about a variety of topics, from his parenting style to his golf swing to the Ryder Cup. But he also offered some thoughtful, pointed commentary on the distance boom in professional golf, which is threatening to render classic courses obsolete.

Woods has joined Jack Nicklaus as a major advocate for rolling back the golf ball:

“We need to do something about the golf ball,” Woods said. “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.

“And that’s pretty scary because we don’t have enough property to start designing these types of golf courses, and it just makes it so much more complicated.”

It makes sense. Creating a ball that works for professionals AND the courses already built would eliminate the need for more land, which is already an issue current courses already have. Plus the companies might not even need to do a total recall because the average golfer could still use the old ones.

The fact that both Woods and Nicklaus, the two most successful and influential golfers, are bringing attention to the same topic should tell the industry something. They want a change for future professionals and that just confirms the kind of character that is bred in golf. Only time will tell if their words will actually influence the governing bodies.

“I don’t see it happening in the near future,” he said of a rollback, “but at least there’s talks about it now.”