Justin Thomas has joined the growing number of players criticising the golf ball bifurcation plans proposed by the game’s governing bodies.
The two-time Major winner is preparing to compete in this week’s Valspar Championship, but before turning his attention to events on the Copperhead Course, he addressed the proposals to curb driving distances in elite competition by limiting the distance the ball can travel.
CEO of The R&A Martin Slumbers, in a press conference with USGA counterpart Mike Whan, insisted that the move is necessary to protect the long-term integrity of the game as driving distances increase, but Thomas doesn’t see the problem, and had particularly harsh criticism for the USGA in his analysis.
He said: “For them to say in the same sentence that golf is in the best place it’s ever been, everything is great, but… and I’m like, well, there shouldn’t be a but. You’re trying to create a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist.
“It’s so bad for the game of golf, for an opportunity – I mean, some of the great things to me is the fact that you can play the exact same golf ball that I play. I mean, that’s cool. For an every day amateur golfer, it’s very unique that we are able to play the exact same equipment. They want it to be, OK, well, the pros play this way and the amateurs play this way, and that just doesn’t – I don’t understand how that’s better for the game of golf.”
Safe to say Justin Thomas is not a fan of the proposed golf ball rollback. pic.twitter.com/s5CK83HUAIMarch 15, 2023
The comments are similar to ones made in a statement by equipment manufacturer Titleist following the announcement, who said: “This bifurcation would divide golf between elite and recreational play” before declaring the plans “a solution in search for problem”.
That opinion is also closely aligned with fellow pro Keegan Bradley, who told SiruisXM’s PGA Tour Radio the plans were “too extreme” and that “it creates a huge void between players.” Bradley continued: “One of the coolest things about golf is you could come out and play with a PGA Tour player with a 30 handicap but we’re playing the same sport. I can’t go and play football with Tom Brady with pads on, on a Sunday – I’ll get killed.”
Thomas also suggested the plans are unnecessary given the small number of players who can hit the ball far enough to cause concern. He said: “I promise none of you have come in from the golf course and said, ‘You know, I’m…
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