Really enjoy the banter here.
Longer rough, narrower fairways, longer courses - all the “tiger proofing” initiatives won’t address this problem but continue to play into it. I am an advocate for a ball roll-back, but do believe there are other ways to do this.
Short grass and firm and fast conditions everywhere - even if that means less “greenery” on the TV. This is especially important around the greens. ie) Chipping struggles at the Hero World Challenge. All sorts of clubs were hit around those greens and many to no avail. Give a pro a lob wedge and a fluffy lie in the rough or out of a bunker and they are thinking about making it. With wide fairways and no rough/minimal bunkers around greens, the ball will get rolling. With well placed hazards and unique nuances in fairways, balls will find poor angles and hazards more often. Pro’s hate nothing more than to see the ball rolling as the result is out of their hands.
Make pro’s think! This is the anti-tiger proofing solution that will make little sense to some. If you have a narrow, tree lined fairway with thick rough all around, what is your shot? Down the middle. That is all the “thought” that goes into the shot.
If you give a pro a wide fairway with multiple attack options and risk/reward lines, you are now making them think. Add firm and fast conditions and now the pro has to think about how the ball will act once it is on the fairway - now we are really narrowing in landing zones! In the recent Yolk with Doak pod, he mentioned a quote from Pete Dye that went something like this - “If we get these dude’s thinking, we’ve got em”.