Tiger Woods calls out rule-makers as distance debate intensifies

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods has told golf’s rule-makers that they’ve waited too long to try to address the game’s distance issue, insisting: “The genie’s out of the bag now”.

The subject of how far professional golfers are able to hit the ball has been thrown into sharper focus over the past few months, largely on account of Bryson DeChambeau’s exploits.

The American has gone through a significant physical transformation in order to maximise his gains over the rest of the field off the tee. Though widely derided initially, DeChambeau was vindicated last month when he won his maiden major, the US Open, at Winged Foot.

• Trump to build second course in Aberdeen

• This Masters video will give you goosebumps

Making his first appearance since then at this week’s ZOZO Championship, where he is the defending champion, Woods was asked if the R&A and USGA should be worried by these recent developments.

“They should have been worried a long time ago,” said the 15-time major winner. “It's [now] about what do we do going forward and how soon can they do it. You're not going to stop the guys who are there right now.

Listen!

DRESS CODES, TRUMP'S 2ND COURSE & BAD HABITS! PLUS, A BLETHER WITH MARTIN LAIRD!

“Guys are figuring out how to carry the ball 320-plus yards, and it's not just a few of them. There's a lot of guys can do it. That's where the game's going.

• Cameraman red-faced after on-air blunder

“There's only going to be a small amount of property that we can do, we can alter golf courses. I just don't see how they can roll everything back. I would like to be able to see that, as far as our game, but then we go back down the road of what do you bifurcate, at what level?

“That's a long discussion we've had for a number of years, for 20-plus years now, and I think it's only going to continue.” 

Woods was famously one of the biggest hitters in the game when he first turned professional. However, he joked the only way he can hit the ball as far as Bryson, is to hit it down a runway.

• Host venue for 2023 Solheim Cup confirmed

• All courses in Wales ordered to close this week

“Distance has always been an advantage,” added Woods. “Now that we have the tools, that being the launch monitor, the fitting of the golf clubs, the adjustability, I think all that plays into the fact that you're able to maximise the capabilities of a driver. There's no reason why you can't pick up more yardage, and guys have done that.

“They've changed shafts, they've changed lofts, they've changed weights on their heads and length of clubs. Driving is such a huge part of the game and it's so advantageous if you're able to get the ball out there. It just makes the game so much easier.”

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
THE MOST DIFFICULT LIES IN GOLF | GOLF EXPLAINED
Golf Lessons
play button
AM I A GOOD ENOUGH GOLFER TO USE A SET OF BLADES???
blades
play button
PICKING OUR FAVOURITE UTILITY IRON - Callaway X Forged UT vs TaylorMade SIM UDI vs Titleist U•500
Utility Irons
play button
HOW TO GAIN 20 YARDS OFF THE TEE | GOLF EXPLAINED
Golf Lessons
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

European Tour and PGA Tour announce new "strategic alliance"
PING Europe is under new leadership
Historic Scots golf club suffers ‘heartbreaking’ vandalism
Gordon Sherry shares pro regrets (and has advice for today's young players)
"It's infuriating!" - Scottish golf course hit by vandals

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
Good balance is key to more consistency
Callaway
play button
Increasing your shoulder turn
Callaway
play button
How to improve your balance during the golf swing
Watch
play button
A bad grip will lead to bad swings
Watch
See all videos right arrow