• Woods weighs in on long-drive debate

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    Tiger Woods believes long-driving capabilities are the way forward for modern-day golf in the light of Bryson DeChambeau’s new game-changing approach.

    Woods was speaking ahead of his title defence at the Zozo Championship in California this week, where he was asked about the importance of hitting the ball long.

    ‘Distance has always been an advantage,’ said the former world No 1.

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    ‘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.’

    DeChambeau has been grabbing the headlines since golf’s return back in June, having put on some significant weight with the idea to hit the ball further from the tee.

    And, he has sure done that. The American stormed to a six-shot victory at the US Open last month after blasting his way across Winged Foot with some monster drives.

    His approach hasn’t sit well with some of the other current and former players on the PGA Tour, though,  with many suggesting organisers will have to start changing course layouts and make it smaller to give everyone a respectable chance at competing.

    Woods, though, says it’s too late now for golfing bodies to formulate a plan to combat the worry of golf turning into a big-hitting game.

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    ‘They should have been worried a long time ago, but the genie’s out of the bag now. It’s about what do we do going forward, and how soon can they do it. I don’t know if they’re going to – you’re not going to stop the guys who are there right now. 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.
    ‘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 goes, but then we go back down the road of what do you bifurcate, at what level? So, 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,’ he added.

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