Who knows? It’s plausible given all my friends in their 40s are now getting glasses and Lasik and using the flashlight on their phone to see menus better. Tiger’s stroke still looks pure so since he’s not making any putts and has often been iffy on the greens this year you have to start wondering about other causes.
The really big development in ball design in recent years is the ability for manufacturers to make soft low-compression cores that are just as fast as firmer ones. So unless you’re swinging at 110 mph or faster focus more on how a ball performs around the greens.
It’s a very sensible rule and the penalties should be much steeper. Steph Curry and LeBron go to every NBA city no matter how bad the home team is. It badly hurts the Tour product that the stars skip half the tournaments each year. The Tour would be much better off with only 25 tournaments a year instead of 40+.