‘Going Against the Grain Strongly’: Months After Announcement of a Major Change, PGA Tour Pro Provides His Verdict on Controversial Rule Introduction

Published 06/01/2023, 10:32 AM EDT

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One major debate that is currently reverberating the elite golfing circles is the proposed rollback policy. The idea has been under development for quite an ample time now. Extensive discussions are ongoing regarding the applicability of such a system. According to reports, the recent meeting between the Player Advisory Council (PAC), UGCA, and R&A did not go according to plan.

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Popular figures including Adam Scott, who also is the chairman of PAC, expressed a disdain towards the new policy. Especially as it may cause a dynamic shift in the sport.

Adam Scott considers the golf Rollback policy a sentiment killer

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Discussions are currently going on regarding the enforcement of the Ball rollback policy by January 2026. The new system will make sure that when a ball is hit by a robot-controlled arm at 127 mph, it doesn’t go over 320 yards. This will ensure that the ball gets rolled back by 15 yards. On 6th May, another attempt was made to get more people on board with the idea, but that was not fruitful.

According to reports, the two-and-a-half-hour-long discussion, which included an hour-long presentation from UGCA and R&A, did not receive the expected responses from the PAC members. Adam Scott, Chairman of PAC, believes that this new policy would not make its way into the PGA tour.

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“I feel like that would be going against the grain strongly of what the sentiment is, and certainly off the back of yesterday, I think that would be surprising if that was just the thing that we did,” responded Scott when asked about whether the PGA tour would adopt the system.

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Rollback policy would be a vital decision for future generations

According to Scott, there are voices against the new policy within the league itself. He is not alone in this standoff. Adam Scott considers that the decisions they make will set the rules for future generations. Thus, a sustainable solution is a priority. Additionally, if the rollback policy takes effect many manufacturers will also suffer. This means that many of the models that they currently follow would get scrapped and the need to spend millions of dollars for R&D will rise.

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Though there are some exceptions like Rory McIlroy who is not against the new policy, it is not the case for most. The policy does not satisfy the majority of players. More discussions likely would be needed to find an acceptable middle ground.

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Aravind Menon

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