PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Jack Nicklaus has been extraordinarily outspoken relating to the necessity for a reduced-flight golf ball and the unfavorable impression he believes distance has had on the game lately.
Nicklaus says that longer programs and fashionable golf balls are largely in charge for sluggish play on the PGA Tour. He beat that drum once more Tuesday at PGA Nationwide forward of this week’s Honda Traditional.
“Mike mentioned, ‘We’re getting there. We’re going to get there,’” Nicklaus mentioned. “I mentioned, ‘That’s tremendous. I’m pleased that will help you. I’ve solely been yelling at you for 40 years.’ 1977 is the primary time I went to the USGA.”
Nicklaus mentioned sarcastically he assumed that meant the USGA could be learning the problem for ‘one other 10 years or so.’
“(Davis) says, ‘Oh, no, no, no. We’re not going to do this. I feel we’re getting nearer to agreements with the R&A and be capable to do some issues and be capable to assist.’ As a result of the R&A has been – form of doesn’t need to do something. I’m hoping that’s going to occur. I’ve talked to Mike rather a lot. Mike’s been very optimistic about eager to get one thing performed however hasn’t been in a position to get there but.”
Nicklaus has advised use of a number of golf balls primarily based on a course score system which dictates using an 80 p.c ball, a 70 p.c ball, and so forth primarily based on the right track size.
The 18-time main winner believes the fashionable golf ball and size are the largest culprits resulting in sluggish play, one thing he was admittedly responsible of as a youthful participant. Nicklaus mentioned he was a “slower participant” when he first began and was penalized as such by then-PGA Match Director Joe Black throughout the 1962 Portland Open.
Black advised him he needed to be able to play when it was his flip, and Nicklaus mentioned he didn’t need to stroll round and probably distract different gamers after they had been hitting.
“He says, ‘You’ve obtained to. It doesn’t make any distinction how lengthy it takes you to hit a golf ball. It’s being able to play,’” Nicklaus mentioned. “So I began from then on lining up my putts whereas different folks had been placing, and that reduce quite a lot of outing. … I obtained bored with being sluggish, and I by no means actually tried to extend (pace), tried to quickly play one other shot. I simply mainly ready myself and realized easy methods to play golf and realized how to not actually be a man that might maintain up all people else.”
It’s a well timed dialogue contemplating it took J.B. Holmes greater than 4 minutes to hit his second shot at No. 18 within the ultimate spherical of the Farmers Insurance coverage Open final month, together with complaints about documented sluggish gamers similar to Kevin Na and Jason Day.
So whereas Nicklaus continues to be of the idea that a reduced-flight golf ball would resolve many of those issues and has been advised the USGA is getting nearer on the problem, his personal expertise suggests many fashionable professionals might pace issues alongside by merely taking part in prepared golf with the tools already in use.