As I mentioned in this column last week, the R&A and USGA are reaching out to the golf industry for feedback on areas of interest and changes to proposed equipment standards as part of their joint Distance Insights project.
You can see last week’s joint statement from the governing bodies here. Judging by the reactions of players such as Rory McIlroy and Webb Simpson, it certainly set the tone for a controversial year ahead.
The Distance Insights project is being carried out as the governing bodies wring their hands about the power of today’s players making golf courses less challenging or obsolete.
The concern itself is legitimate, but many argue that it’s a fraction of one per cent of golfers, mostly on the PGA Tour, who are threatening golf courses with their power. Meanwhile on the tour, Simpson believes the dilemma could be solved through different course set ups, while McIlroy said there were better ways to spend the money used for the project.
Now, it’s your turn to chip in on this topic. Is the R&A’s and USGA’s Distance Insights project money well spent or a waste of time and resources?
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Is the R&A’s and USGA’s Distance Insights project money well spent or a waste of time and resources?
- Waste of time and resources. (74%)
- Money well spent. (26%)