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Tiger: If ball rules change he'll understand

Posted on: September 2, 2010 1:51 pm
Edited on: September 2, 2010 3:17 pm

NORTON, Mass. -- If the game's rulemakers ultimately decide to roll back the firepower of the current golf ball, Tiger Woods says he would understand.

Mind you, Woods didn't definitively say whether he was in favor of such a move -- maybe his Nike underpinnings were in the back of his mind -- but it sounds like he sees the wisdom of letting some of the helium out of the super-hot contemporary ball.

Even Woods admits that the balls fly farther seemingly every time out. He says he’s hitting it farther than ever, even while trying to rebuild his game.

The U.S. Golf Association last month conducted a semi-secret test with dozens of Canadian Tour players who were sworn to secrecy, another in a series of tests with special balls that reportedly travel perhaps 20 less than the current models on the market. The USGA asked manufacturers to produce a less-caffeinated ball several years ago for testing purposes andhas been painstakingly piecing together data ever since.

Obviously, the organization is in no real hurry. Even though legendary figures such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, who more than dabble in course design and have had to make incessant design concessions because of the distance gains in the modern game, have advocated a rollback of the ball for the past decade.

On Thursday, Woods was asked at the Deutsche Bank Championship about his view on the issue, which is being studied by the USGA. The organization has yet to release any findings from its various studies.

“It's just something, the guys are hitting it a long way,” Woods said. “For instance, last week, No. 8 is a par-3 down the hill, playing 207 the last day, and I hit 7-iron. I don't ever hit 7-iron that far. Then I watched Dustin Johnson hit 9-iron.

“It's just, I can understand them wanting to obviously pull the game back a little bit, because the guys are just becoming more athletic. Here I am 6 foot and I'm considered short. Most of the guys now are 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Just like every other sport, it's evolved, become more athletic. 

“The guys have speed, and now we're getting some great athletes playing the game.”

Well, hacks with 99 mph swing speeds are blowing it out there a comparative mile, too.

Woods has a point about better athletes. To wit, he’s not remotely one of the biggest players on the Ryder Cup roster, assuming he gets picked with a wild-card selection Tuesday.

American team members Johnson, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Jeff Overton and even Matt Kuchar all are taller than he is, though Kuchar is medium-length off the tee.

As for a rule that has been changed in the blink of an eye, Woods was much more on the fence. After Jim Furyk was disqualified last week for missing is pro-am time for oversleeping, the tour elected to suspend the rule requiring him to be deemed ineligible for playing in the tournament proper. The modified pro-am rule was put in place this year, but suspended this week after the Furyk blowback.

Phil Mickelson openly supported blowing up the rule. Woods similarly plays in the pro-am every week he tees it up, the four majors and Players Championship not included.

"I would think they would have waited until after the season was completed," Woods said. "It's only affected one player so far this year, and that was Jim. But I can understand it; I just thought it might have been a little premature, a little early to do that. But that's just the way it is."

Category: Golf

Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: September 4, 2010 8:52 pm

Tiger: If ball rules change he'll understand

I'm pretty sure Tiger led the field in driving accuracy last week.  And I'm also pretty sure that HGH has never had anything to do with anyone hitting it in the fairway.  It could make you stronger but would have nothing to do with accuracy.  Where does the blind hatred come from?  Did he steal your girl or something?

Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: September 4, 2010 8:49 pm

14 Majors & Counting!

Read that again... "14 Majors & Counting!

Let me put this in perspective for the slow learners out there. If
a PGA player wins just one Major he is considered an accomplished
golfer for the rest of his life.


I love Tiger & I love it when he's giving one of those porn stars he
hangs out with a 'dirty sanchez'.

Since: Apr 21, 2009
Posted on: September 3, 2010 2:07 pm

Tiger: If ball rules change he'll understand

give them all Rock-Flights and let's see them hit it 700 yards and 5 putt.

Since: Jan 22, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2010 1:55 pm

Tiger: If ball rules change he'll understand

Well, It's about 'friggin' time..!!!  

Jack has been talking about "throttling-back" the ball for ten (10) years already.  Why is it the USGA works so blasted slowly on balls, yet is quick to make changes to clubs?  The modern ball has made a mockery of every golf course in existence.  Current PAR is a joke to the modern ball.   PAR used to mean somethin at one time, but with the modern ball traveling so far, Par doesn't mean anything anymore. 

The USGA needs to make a decision about this and just move on.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2010 12:06 pm

Tiger: If ball rules change he'll understand

Good riddens?  What dies good riddens mean?  I see you are not only an idiot but an illiterate idiot to boot.  The term is "Good riddance", you tool.  Tiger's "day in the sun" is FAR from "gone".  EVERYONE is hitting the ball farther, not just TW.  Senior Tour dudes are bombing it longer than they ever did when they were on the regular tour.  Loosen up your steel worker hard hat a little - it seems that you might be cutting off the circulation to your blue-collar brain. 
 By the way the Steelers and Rapelisberger are going to suck again this year.  

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: September 3, 2010 7:59 am

Tiger: If ball rules change he'll understand

"good riddens"? You can always tell the guys that don't bother to peel the banana when they eat it. 

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2010 11:29 pm

Tiger: If ball rules change he'll understand

Nice fantasy world you live in, but in reality Cheetah yanked it OB, just like he used to get yanked by cocktail waitresses, now he's got to yank it himself. But keep dreaming, it's better for everyone the more you're unconscious...

Since: Jun 1, 2007
Posted on: September 2, 2010 5:49 pm

Tiger: If ball rules change he'll understand

If he had not yanked his tee shot on # 1 on Saturday OB  he would been I think 1 shot out of the playoff and with him being that high on the leaderboard who knows what may have happened to the 20+ years olds taht are fun to watch. It may have been fun to watch them fold like a cheap suit. I think that too many people have written Tiger off way too early. But you know the same people that put you on a pedestal are teh same ones to kick it from under you to watch you fail and revel in your pain. He played well enough to make it to teh second playoof event lets see if he can play well enough to make it to the third and they say that mathmatically anyone left playing can win the FEDEX Cup. UMM just maybe

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2010 4:01 pm

Tiger: If ball rules change he'll understand

You are a tool. Way more fun to watch? Is that why the ratings are way down? Anymore words of wisdom tool. We can't wait. 

Since: Aug 27, 2010
Posted on: September 2, 2010 3:33 pm

Tiger: If ball rules change he'll understand

It's the HGH, not the ball TiGGGer! And even HGH can't get you on the fairway anymore. Your day in the sun is long gone. And good riddens. These young 20+ year old golfers are way more fun to watch with out TiGGGer's antics on the course. Again, good riddens.

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