By Rory Carroll
SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Justin Rose acknowledges that he cannot compete for distance off the tee with the power hitters of the PGA Tour but the Briton says his precision and game management make him a match for anyone — just like tennis great Roger Federer.
Rose, who won Olympic gold in Rio, said trying to match the ball speeds of some of his rivals would be bad for his health and his swing, and pointed to Federer as an example of how success can be achieved without overpowering an opponent.
“I look at Roger Federer. There’s guys that serve at 135 (miles per hour), but he serves at 121 in the corners,” Rose told reporters on Tuesday ahead of his title defense at the Farmers Insurance Open.
“He’s at the back end of his career, so it’s incredibly effective,” he said of the Swiss, who is looking for a record-extending 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.
“I’m not going to be a 185 ball speed guy and if I chase that it is going to hurt me and it’s going to hurt my swing and body because you’ve got to reabsorb that force.
“But I can serve it 121 in the corners is kind of where I’m at. And for…
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