Tiger Woods reiterates support for rolled-back golf ball for pros
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Tiger Woods reiterates support for rolled-back golf ball for pros


Tiger Woods isn't backing down from his call for a rolled-back golf ball for professionals. In fact, on Nov. 28, Woods went further in detailing how he would like the USGA, R&A and pro golf tours to pursue such a rollback.

Speaking on Golf Channel, Woods told Todd Lewis, "My idea was to have it so that every professional would have to play a reduced-flight ball.

"Even if you played a pro-member you would have a reduced-flight ball for the pro, and have to play with that type of ball, where as the amateur, go ahead and make it fun, juice the golf balls up, juice the clubs up and let them go have a great time," he continued. "But at a professional level I see no reason why we can't have it very similar to where baseball has it right now."

Woods said he would like to see the golf ball used as a bifurcating line between pros and amateurs, perhaps with no caveat for high-level amateurs, like college golfers.

He said there's "no reason why we can't be like baseball and have a line of demarcation between college or amateur and the professional ranks, which would be the minor leagues all the way up to the bigs."

Woods was pressed on his stance, asked if other equipment rollbacks should be considered. Woods seems convinced rolling back the ball would fix problems caused in golf course design and maintenance, as well championship course selection and setup.

"I think equipment could be looked at, but I don't see any reason why it should, cause if you reduce the ball enough, who cares what the driver is doing," he said.

Woods will play Bridgestone Golf's Tour B XS ball in his first round of competitive golf since February, paired with Justin Thomas in the first round of the 2017 Hero World Challenge.


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