Padraig Harrington discusses the effects of the golf ball rollback on the sport

"It's just saying, in five year's time, we'll have eaten that five percent up anyway"- Harrington said.

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Padraig Harrington discusses the effects of the golf ball rollback on the sport
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The world of golf is experiencing big changes, and one of the biggest is Golf ball rollback. Many are not optimistic about such changes. In fact, there is concern that such a change will spoil the beauty of golf and what we are used to watching. The legends of this sport immediately began to react, and it is clear that there is a variation between opinions. Padraig Harrington is aware that this will negatively affect individuals, but globally he expects this to be a great decision.

"I know there is a bit of pain involved for the majority, but it's for the greater good of the game," -Padraig Harrington talked on Golf Digest, as reported by golfmonthly.com

"And to be honest, five percent was soft. Ten percent would have been a fair hit, but five percent is really drawing a line in the sand. 

It's just saying, in five year's time, we'll have eaten that five percent up anyway. It's a line in the sand that says if it starts creeping again, we're going to roll it back again.

So it's very important for the rest of the world to roll it back. I'm sorry you guys in the US feel that way. There is that attitude in the US that the USGA is representing the very exclusive, old school courses. That's not the case.

They are representing everybody, and I guarantee you the R&A, people have a much better view of them. They're just trying to make the game grow for everyone."

Padraig Harrington reacts

Harrington anticipates that these changes will bring positive impacts to women's golf. He believes that this will open the door for female golfers to be competitive in matches with men. The future will best show how true Harrington's words are.

"You know what the biggest change is going to be? I'm going to say it here - it's going to be the ladies game. They hit too many fairways now, so there is a huge advantage going forward for somebody who comes out there with 175-mph ball speed.

There is going to be a lady coming out with 175 ball speed who can be a real competitor, and guess what? She's going to be able to play with the men, and compete."

Padraig Harrington
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