Dustin Johnson, the World number one says there is no need to limit how far golf balls fly because nobody “is making the game too easy”.
Last month, Tiger Woods said players are hitting the ball “way too long” and a leading American golf official said the impact had been “horrible”.
In last year’s PGA Tour driving charts, the 33-year-old only trailed Rory McIlroy with an average of 315 yards. The American said: “It’s not like we are dominating golf courses.”
“When was the last time you saw someone make the game too easy? I don’t really understand what all the debate is about because it doesn’t matter how far it goes; it is about getting it in the hole.”
Last season, 43 players drove an average distance of more than 300 yards, there have been some calls to alter the specification of balls to limit how far they fly.
Recently, Mike Davis, the executive director of the United States Golf Association, recently told the Wall Street Journal: “The reality is this is affecting all golfers and affecting them in a bad way.
“These courses are expanding and are predicted to continue to expand. All it’s doing is increasing the cost of the game. The impact it has had has been horrible.”
Johnson is unconcerned about the speculation that the sport’s rule-makers, the USGA and the Royal and Ancient, are considering changes.
He said: “Whatever they decide to do it doesn’t really matter”. Johnson hit a 433-yard drive to within six inches of the hole on the par-four 12th at the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii last week.
“There was a lot of luck in that. There were a number of other factors involved, a 30 miles per hour wind behind me, downhill, firm fairway. I mean normally I can’t hit that ball that far.
“If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone. I’m still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average tour player. But who knows? I don’t know how they would do it or what they would do or how long it would take them to be able to do it. It’s not really a debate for me.”
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