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Justin Thomas hits out at ‘cringe’ rollback talk

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Ahead of this week’s opening FedEx Cup playoff event from TPC Boston, Justin Thomas aired his thoughts on the distance debate which continues to surround the game, with the 27-year-old making it clear which side of the fence he was on.

Speaking to media members ahead of the Northern Trust, Thomas stressed that rollback talk of either technology or the ball makes him cringe and that while distance is helpful, it’s not a necessity in the modern game.

“Yeah, it’s helpful, but it makes me cringe and it really bothers me when whoever says that, you know, the golf ball or everything needs to be rolled back because there’s plenty of people that are still performing well that don’t hit it as far.

The Louisville native cited Brendon Todd, who has won twice on tour this season, as an example of just how shorter hitters can still keep up with the bombers of the game, saying:

“I mean, Brendon Todd has his game so well managed and knows exactly what to do. I mean, I have more ball speed maybe with a 5-wood than he does a driver, and that’s extremely impressive, and that’s why he’s on the Tour and one of best players in the world and this year.”

Thomas also explained to media that he had in fact deliberately dialed back his length recently, revealing that he feels more fairways hit as opposed to more distance will allow him to win more tournaments.

“Length is an advantage. But in terms of for me looking at it, I dialed back in distance with a driver and a shaft just to hit a couple more fairways around.

I carry it probably five, eight yards shorter than I did maybe one or two years ago, but I have a little bit more spin so I can control my ball flight a little bit more and I’m just trying to play from the fairway more because I feel with my iron game, if I get in the fairway, I can win more tournaments.”

In 2020, Thomas is currently averaging 301.5 yards off the tee, down from an average of 311.8 yards off the tee back in 2018.

 

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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  1. Matt

    Aug 20, 2020 at 11:53 am

    All this talk about how it would ruing the game and cause shorter hitters to struggle — My question to you is this…How did the shorter hitters manage it in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s?

    Hint: The argument is not about golfer vs golfer, it’s about the course vs the golfer and what happens to the courses as they become obsoleted by distance and costs go up as courses have to add length to deal with that.

  2. Brendon Todd

    Aug 19, 2020 at 10:23 am

    he definitely cant hit a 5 wood faster than my driver, which takes value away from his comments, but in general he makes a good point

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Bryson’s current situation with Cobra revealed as he uses TaylorMade driver at Saudi International

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At this week’s Saudi International, Bryson DeChambeau surprised golf fans by putting TaylorMade’s Stealth Plus 2 driver in the bag. Bryson has been a long time staffer at Cobra Golf and it was a shock to see the 28-year-old with a driver from a different OEM to begin his season.

 

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Per Dan Rapaport of Barstool Sports, a Cobra rep has confirmed that Bryson is simply out of contract with the brand, but that the two parties are currently in discussion about this year and the future.

In our forums, our members have been discussing the changeup from DeChambeau, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • FifeRiviera: “Honestly Cobra woods are the single most underrated pieces of equipment on the market.”
  • Lacey Underall: “Just my guess – everyone on LIV will be an equipment free agent soon.”
  • KimmerBH: “Never been a fan of Bryson but I do miss seeing him play every week along with some others that went to LIV. He was definitely entertaining to watch, I’ll give him that.”

Entire Thread: “Bryson using Taylormade Stealth Plus 2 driver at Saudi International; Current situation with Cobra”

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‘Sums up my life in the golf industry’ – Paige Spiranac on polarizing Phil Mickelson tweet

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After a long break from Twitter, Phil Mickelson was extremely active on Twitter yesterday. His resurgence resulted in the golf world reacting for most of the day.

Paige Spiranac used one of Phil’s tweets to “sum up” what it was like to be a female in the golf industry.

The tweet seemed to be a joke, and to be clear the tweet Phil shared wasn’t directed towards Spiranac, yet some Lefty detractors weighed in calling the tweet “misogynistic.”

The full context of the tweet is here:

We can be sure that as long as Mickelson is this active on Twitter, the app will be buzzing with golf personalities and their reactions.

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‘The hypocrisy is astounding’ – Phil Mickelson takes aim at RBC for missing logo at Saudi International

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This morning, Cameron Young played the first round of this week’s Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

As noticed by Twitter user “EPatGolf”, the 25-year-old PGA Tour player was missing the RBC logo that is typically on his sleeve.

Patterson speculated that the reason for the missing logo was RBC’s reluctance to be associated with golf being played in Saudi Arabia.

Never a stranger to controversy, Phil Mickelson weighed in on the topic, accusing RBC of hypocrisy.

Mickelson has been extremely active on Twitter lately and replied to a Danny Woodhead tweet just a short while ago about a potential LIV vs PGA Tour match with Tiger Woods and Phil as captains, even managing a little dig at his long-time foe.

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