Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Golf authorities turn focus to reining in power hitters

LONDON — Golf’s lawmakers are considering changes to equipment and the implementation of ‘local rules’ in an attempt to tame the power of the game’s massive hitters.

The Royal and Ancient (R&A), in conjunction with the United States Golf Association (USGA), said they are reengaging with the golf industry to achieve a more sustainable future for the game, fearing courses could become obsolete.

American Bryson DeChambeau, who won last year’s US Open, topped the 2020 PGA driving distance charts with a colossal 329-yard average, with 78 players averaging 300 yards or more.

He trialed a 48-inch driver for the tournament, the maximum permitted shaft length, at the US Open but new proposals could see the limit set at 46 inches.

One “area of interest” for the R&A and USGA is for the potential use of local rules that would specify the use of clubs and/or balls, resulting in shorter distances.

“This would enable committees conducting competitions to stipulate whether such equipment should be used,” a joint statement said. “It could be available at all levels of play and would also allow golfers playing outside of competition to choose for themselves.”

Stakeholders are being invited to participate in the process by sharing any data they might have on the topics by Nov. 2.

While dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has been the priority of golf’s authorities or the past year, focus has now returned to the issue of controlling distance and acting on the Distance Insights Report published last February.

The report said increased hitting distances changed the strategic challenge of the game, altering the variety of skills needed to be successful and risked making courses obsolete.

The R&A and USGA are also seeking comment from manufacturers on proposed Equipment Standards changes, namely a reduction to 46 inches for maximum club length (not including putters), golf ball testing methods and changes to the testing tolerance in relation to a club’s “spring-like” effect.

Stakeholders, including manufacturers, have until March 4 to comment on the proposed club-length limits.

Mike Davis, Chief Executive Officer of the USGA, said hitting distances had to be addressed.

“Hitting distances have consistently increased through time and, if left unchecked, could threaten the long-term future of our game at every level and every golf course on which it is played,” he said in a statement.

“This is the first forward step in a journey and a responsibility the USGA and The R&A share with the worldwide golf community, to ensure that golf continues to thrive for the next hundred years and beyond.”

R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers said it was a “critical topic” and looked forward to insights from the golf industry.

“We remain fully committed to conducting this hugely important exercise for the sport thoroughly, efficiently, and collaboratively,” he said. — Reuters

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.
Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!



Thailand’s Phuket will ban travel from the rest of the country from Aug. 3 to 16 to try to stop a surge in coronavirus...


More than 5 million people had a parcel lost or stolen last year, according to Citizens Advice, which has called on the government to...


The number of people on furlough fell below two million towards the end of June as the economic recovery gathered pace, official figures show....


Amazon signalled last night that its breakneck growth will slow over the coming months as people emerge from pandemic restrictions. Net sales at the...


Speculation that the chancellor will delay his budget until next year is mounting after he instructed the spending watchdog to publish new forecasts without...


A further 30 black students starting at Cambridge University will have their tuition and living costs covered thanks to a scholarship scheme started by...

You May Also Like


Having a good Instagram marketing agency to back up your Instagram account is an absolute must going into the new year. With competition stronger...


As a traditionally rigid insurance industry becomes bogged down by antiquated processes and operations, a handful of industry leaders are seeking to shake things...


US President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., will rely on ally countries to supply the bulk of the metals needed to build electric vehicles and focus on...


THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has warned the public from investing or to stop any investment in a group named Maxxprofit Computer Trading...

Disclaimer:, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2021 SmartRetirementReport. All Rights Reserved.

Get the daily email that makes reading the news actually enjoyable. Stay informed and entertained, for free.

Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!