Jason Day says any move to curtail distance would hurt the game
Recently, there has been plenty of debate regarding whether or not action ought to be taken with regards to the distance that the golf ball is traveling in the modern game. Earlier this year, Dustin Johnson hit a 489-yard drive at the WGC-Dell Match Play, and with the constant innovations in technology in the golfing world, there is a belief among some groups that the distance in the modern game is out of control and in danger of making some old courses obsolete.
One of the longest hitters on the PGA Tour, Jason Day, weighed in on the discussion . He has made it clear that he doesn’t want any restrictions when it comes to distance in the game. The Australian was adamant that fans of the game want to see the ball hit as far as possible, and any attempt to curtail this would see a drop-off in viewership.
“Do I want the ball to go shorter? No. Why? Isn’t it fun watching Dustin Johnson crush a drive over a lake 300 yards away? No one wants to see someone plod it down the right and not take it on. That’s boring. If you push trying to rein it in too far, then people will stop watching golf. People want to see risk.”
Day ranked 17th in driving distance for the 2017-18 season, averaging 309.7 yards off the tee. The former world number one also believes that the focus should be on modern course designers, and not equipment manufacturers, who he criticizes for creating longer courses.
“The problem is the architects—some of them, anyway—decided that because the ball is going forever, they need to make courses longer to make them harder,” he said. “No, you don’t. Just be a better architect.”
The distance debate is not likely to go away any time soon. Do you agree with Day’s stance, or should measures be taken to rein in the distance that professionals are currently hitting the ball?
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