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Michael Schurman says
If the intent of the rules changes is to rein in distance why not ban the clubs that produce it? For elite players ban drivers, fairway woods and hybrids. The top players use driving irons that travel 275 yds. Isn’t that the distance a driver went before the ball changed? The longest hitters would still maintain their advantage on a proportionate basis, courses wouldn’t constantly require additional land, and maintenance costs would be reduced. The USGA & R&A would return to a position where they could control further attempts to increase distance and do something about it if and when it returns.