Justin Thomas hits out at equipment rollback talk

Justin Thomas

There are plenty of people in golf advocating for an equipment rollback. Justin Thomas is categorically not one of them.

Speaking ahead of this week's Northern Trust, the first of the FedEx Cup Playoff events, the world No.2 dismissed the suggestion that tighter restrictions need to be imposed on golf equipment in order to both maintain a level playing field and protect older courses. 

"I think the fact that three guys have won multiple times this year being outside the top hundred in distance just proves yet again that you don't need distance," said Thomas. 

"Yeah, it's helpful, but it makes me cringe and it really bothers me when whoever says that, you know, the golf ball or everything needs to be rolled back because there's plenty of people that are still performing well that don't hit it as far."

• Westwood blasts Beeb over women's coverage

• New date announced for Scottish Open

Thomas used the example of Brendon Todd - one of three players to have won multiple times on the tour this season despite ranking outside of the top-100 in driving distance - to support his claim. 

Todd, 35, has won twice on the PGA Tour this season and enters the FedEx Cup Playoffs in ninth place on the standings despite being ranked 205th out of 211 players in Driving Distance this year. 


"He has his game so well managed and knows exactly what to do," said Thomas. "I mean, I have more ball speed maybe with a 5-wood than he does a driver, and that's extremely impressive, and that's why he's on the tour and one of best players in the world and this year. 

"That's why it is what it is. Length is an advantage."

• Tiger's son dominates junior golf event

• Eddie Pep brands LSO "painfully slow"

Thomas added that he has, in any case, dialled back his own driving.

"I carry it probably eight yards shorter than I did one or two years ago, but I have a little bit more spin so I can control my ball flight a little bit more and I'm just trying to play from the fairway more because I feel with my iron game, if I get in the fairway, I can win more tournaments. 

"Length is not the answer. It's just helpful. You've still got to get the ball in the hole."

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
2022 Driver Test | Which one is going in my bag?
play button
The most powerful PING irons ever? | PING i525 review
play button
I'll be using the Vokey SM9 wedges... and you should too
play button
The driver that has it all? | COBRA LTDx drivers REVIEWED!
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Reports: 9/11 families “removed” ahead of LIV Golf event
Robert MacIntyre opens up on poor form
Toptracer launches range 'handicap' concept - Toptracer30
McGinley: “No decision” on Ryder Cup places for LIV stars
Lee Westwood responds to Ryder Cup ban threat

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Fix your slice with Denis Pugh
play button
How to improve your takeaway
play button
A more upright posture for more consistency
play button
Keep your left arm straight
See all videos right arrow