Jack Nicklaus’ answer to golf’s distance problem: “Change the friggin’ ball”

Driving distance on the PGA Tour just keeps soaring. In 2016, we can see the trend continuing throughout the sport, including at Augusta National. In an attempt to deal with players’ ever-increasing distance off the tee, the infamous golf club is lengthening its 13th hole.

The trend is by no means a new problem, but it’s reaching a stage where it’s causing a heightened level of concern. Jack Nicklaus is among those concerned about the increasing magnitude of the issue. And he has a solution.

“Change the frigging golf ball”, said the six-time Masters winner at Augusta National on Tuesday.

The comment may have been met with laughter, but his elaboration made clear the underlying issues that the game is facing.

“The golf ball goes so far, Augusta National is about the only place, the only golf course in the world that financially can afford to make the changes that they have to make to keep up with the golf ball,” Nicklaus said. “I don’t think anybody else could ever do it.

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