Is a tour ball in the works?
I may have a novel approachThere is a growing number of professionals and officials considering a rollback in the distance limits the ball can go. If we dont we`ll need 10.000 yard courses and all the wonderful old courses will end up 9 hole courses. There are many more reasons to keep the ball from going too far but I wont go into them.
It occured to me that we could do a couple things with the ball now and it may work. Of coarse this just came to my mind and anyone that can shoot holes throught it fine thats why I`m posting it.
First many agree that the ball is getting to long, " for the pros" but not for the amateurs. So I suggest that you have 2 official balls or catagories of balls that everyone can choose to play in official tournments or recreationally.
The first ball would be a "2 piece ball" that could have "even longer USGA distance limits" but would have "very limited spin and cover regulations" It would benefit short distance players but may not likely be chosen by better players because it would not have the spin they want to have off irons. If one could develop a game with that ball you could compete because its longer.
The second ball would be a ball that the USGA would roll back the "distance limit" of say 25 yards from today. Technology could do anything it wants but there is a limit to distance just like it is now but 25 yards less.
I think this would be a move that has many benefits for the amateur it would mean there would be a ball they could choose to get "more distance" but would have to develop different shots to make up for much less spin in the short game.
This idea I think allows the USGA to control the balls distance in tournment play and still have a ball for amateurs that gives more distance and gives the manufactures room to improve balls but stay within distance limitations......Jim