At last week’s North American Golf Symposium in Vancouver, USGA executive director Mike Davis floated the idea of a “variable distance” ball.
Of course, throttling back the golf ball has been suggested for years, Jack Nicklaus among the proponents of the idea to deal with the monster shots being launched by many of today’s marquee names on the PGA Tour.
The idea of gearing back the golf ball, as it has been with golf clubs over the past 15 to 20 years, is to prevent classic golf course designs from being overpowered by the big hitters.
If, using Davis’ idea, one of those big guns used a ball built to 75 per cent of his capacity, it might prevent an old classic golf course from falling into irrelevance or even bring one back into play.
The concept is understandable, but is it realistic? With a variable distance ball, how would you precisely fit it to each individual player so that throttling back the ball is fair to all involved and doesn’t favour anyone in particular?
Would golf ball manufacturers go along with such a concept considering labour costs and different technologies that may be required for a variable distance ball?
Although many players have initially said that something needs to be done, would they go along with a throttled-back golf ball, particularly those whose advantage in their distance?
Fans love to see the cannons being fired. Would they suddenly be happy with less distance?
Those are just a few of the questions that come to mind. Is the idea of a rolled-back golf ball on tour realistic? That’s the topic of this week’s GNN Poll.
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