“I’ve gained the ability to hit the ball probably 20, 30 yards further than I did then, but then also that brings in more trouble. The game has changed so much now that you just have to hit the ball out there.”
Tiger gets criticized all the time for his lack of driving accuracy, but he hit the nail on the head here. It simply doesn’t matter that much, as long as your not taking penalty shots on every errant drive.
Tiger, as well as the game of golf, has seemed to figure out that a 320 yard drive is better than 280 and the only slightly increased chances of hitting the fairway. I did a whole a study on this here, but it seems like the elite golfers of the world have instinctively figured this out. It should only be about 10 years before the people analyzing it realize it too.