Golf’s governing our bodies introduced a brand new native rule that may enable high-level tournaments to restrict the size of drivers to 46 inches.
Referred to as a Mannequin Native Rule, it will go into impact Jan. 1, 2022. The PGA Tour mentioned on Tuesday that it’s going to undertake the rule, which doesn’t apply to putters.
The US Golf Affiliation and R&A acquired suggestions from gamers, tools representatives and the varied skilled excursions over the previous a number of months earlier than the announcement.
Bryson DeChambeau, who leads the PGA Tour in driving distance, has experimented with 48-inch drivers. Phil Mickelson, who received the PGA Championship utilizing a 47½-inch driver, was critical of the potential move final month and took to Twitter once more on Tuesday to voice his dissent.
“Actually although, are the amateurs making an attempt their finest to control the skilled sport the silly ones?” Mickelson wrote on Twitter. “Or the professionals for letting them?”
As a result of it’s a native rule, it will not prohibit amateurs from enjoying with an extended driver for handicap functions. And it’s unlikely common competitions would invoke the rule; golf producers don’t mass-produce driver shafts longer than 46 inches.
There are quite a few “native guidelines” within the rulebook that let the sport to be performed in numerous methods at numerous ranges. The tour usually invokes a neighborhood rule known as “most popular lies” or “raise, clear and place,” when enjoying situations are a problem. The skilled excursions (aside from the PGA of America) invoke the “one-ball rule,” which requires a participant to make use of the identical make and model of ball all through a spherical.
“We have labored intently with our business companions to make sure the long run for golf stays robust,” mentioned Mike Whan, the chief government officer of the USGA, which together with the R&A introduced the change. “Admittedly, this isn’t the ‘reply’ to the general distance debate/problem however a easy resolution for aggressive occasions.
“It is necessary to notice that it isn’t a ‘Rule of Golf,’ and as such, it isn’t mandated for the common, leisure golfer. Fairly, that is an out there instrument for these operating aggressive occasions.”
The PGA Tour mentioned in an announcement that it surveyed utilization of golf equipment throughout all of its excursions and “discovered a really small variety of gamers both have used or are presently utilizing golf equipment nice than 46 inches” and that its participant advisory council reviewed the topic earlier than deciding to implement the native rule on Jan. 1.