News flash. A shorter hitter will always be a shorter hitter out of the rough or the fairway. They are at a disadvantage period. However it stands to reason that the shorter hitters on tour are makin up strokes somewhere. Possibilities are more accuracy off the tee, better short games, putters or mental acuity. Rough and firmer greens to me is a better solution than roll back he Ball.
Using the 18th at Honda as a small example. JT hit his drive into the rough while List hit the fairway. List was able to go for the green and barely hold the shot on because of green firmness. JT meanwhile had to lay up even though his drive was 15yards farther. His lie was questionable. To me List was rewarded for his drive while Justin was penalized only slightly by having to lay up. Now he didn’t have to lay up because but it was questionable enough he had to alter his intended strategy. Now JT was still able to make birdie by hitting a fantastic wedge. The reverse happened in the playoff and List was not bale to wedge it close enough to make birdie while JT hit on in 2 and 2 putted for birdie. The rough doesn’t have to be smothering or 4 inches tall. It just has to be enough to penalize someone for missing the fairway. That equalizes the distance advantage enough for me. Again it’s not ideal but I still thinks it’s a much better answer than rolling the ball back.