USGA, R&A Cap Driver Length at 46 Inches for Pros
The governing bodies of golf, the USGA and R&A, have ruled that professional golfers are not to have a driver length of more than 46 inches.
The rule will go into effect on January 1.
“We’ve worked closely with our industry partners to ensure the future for golf remains strong. Admittedly, this is not the ‘answer’ to the overall distance debate/issue, but rather a simple option for competitive events. It’s important to note that it is not a ‘Rule of Golf,’ and as such, it is not mandated for the average, recreational golfer. Rather, this is an available tool for those running competitive events,” said Mike Whan, CEO of the USGA.
This rule does not going to impact recreational golfers.
According to Golf Channel, about 3% of pros use a driver longer than 46 inches.
One of those players is Phil Mickelson.
“Stupid is as stupid does.”Mrs Gump. Really though, are the amateurs trying their best to govern the professional game the stupid ones? Or the professionals for letting them?” Tweeted Phil Mickelson.
The PGA Tour has said that they will adopt this rule on January 1.
Other Changes Coming
The USGA noted that his not going to be the only change to the came coming as both governing bodies seek to reduce distance.
“The proposals submitted in February for changes to the testing method for golf balls and the testing tolerance for spring-like effect are still under consideration. The governing bodies plan to consider feedback on these proposals in line with the responses to the broader Area of Interest – Research Topics notification, which are due by November 2,” writes the USGA.