Justin Thomas FUMES at golf ball rollback proposal, slams 'selfish' USGA

Justin Thomas delivered an epic rant about why he is against the proposals by the R&A, USGA to rollback the golf ball from 2026. 

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Wed, 15 Mar 2023
Justin Thomas FUMES at golf ball rollback proposal, slams 'selfish' USGA

You can add Justin Thomas to the list of players who are upset about the USGA, R&A's proposals to rollback the golf ball. 

Speaking ahead of the Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour, 29-year-old Thomas said he was 'disappointed but not surprised' with the news. 

Thomas explained he did not believe how by reducing how far the golf ball will fly in elite competition is 'growing the game'. 

He views the decision as a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. The two-time major champion sounded off on the topic for several minutes. 

Thomas's comments echo the sentiments of Bryson DeChambeau, who went on an explosive rant before LIV Golf Tucson

Asked about the news and how the PGA Tour should respond, Thomas said:

"Yeah, I think I was -- my reaction was disappointed and also not surprised, to be honest. I think the USGA over the years has -- in my eyes, it's harsh, but made some pretty selfish decisions.
"They definitely, in my mind, have done a lot of things that aren't for the betterment of the game, although they claim it. I had conversations with some USGA members and it just -- to me, I don't understand how it's growing the game.
"For them to say in the same sentence that golf is in the best place it's ever been, everything is great, but..." 

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Thomas continued: 

"And I'm like, well, there shouldn't be a but. You're trying to create a solution for a problem that doesn't exist.
"To me, it's just -- it's so bad for the game of golf, for an opportunity -- I mean, some of the great things to me is the fact that you can play the exact same golf ball that I play.
"I mean, that's cool. For an every day amateur golfer, it's very unique that we are able to play the exact same equipment.
"Yeah, I understand that I may have a different grind on a wedge, whatever you want to call it, but you can go to the pro shop and buy the same golf ball that I play or Scottie Scheffler plays or whatever.
"But the USGA wants to bring it to a point where that's not the case. They want it to be, okay, well, the pros play this way and the amateurs play this way, and that just doesn't -- I don't understand how that's better for the game of golf.
"The amount of time, money that these manufacturers have spent trying to create the best product possible and now you're going to tell them and us that we have to start over for potentially if the PGA Tour, PGA of America, don't adopt this local rule.
"So for two of the four biggest events of the year we're going to have to use a different ball? Like, try to explain to me how that's better for the game of golf."

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"It irritates me" 

World No. 10 Thomas said he believes the USGA are basing their date off the top one per cent of golfers, adding:

"You know what I mean? I don't know how many of y'all consistently play golf in here, but I promise none of you have come in from the golf course and said, you know, I'm hitting it so far and straight today that golf's just not even fun anymore. Like, no, that's not -- it's just not reality.
"So I know I went on a rant a little bit, but it irritates me because it's consistent with, I feel like, decisions and things that the USGA has done in the past when it comes to rules or whatnot and data. I mean, what is it, using 127-mile-an-hour clubhead speed?
"Like, if you can swing 127 miles an hour, like, power to you. I mean, people are running faster, so, what, are they just going to make the length of a mile longer so that the fastest mile time doesn't change, or are they going to put the NBA hoop at 13 feet because people can jump higher now?
"Like, no. It's evolution. We're athletes now. Like, we're training to hit the ball further and faster and if you can do it, so good for you. So yeah, as you can tell, I'm clearly against it."

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