New rule restricts shaft length; Some Tour pros disagree, Phil Mickelson really disagrees


Phil Mickelson continues to pull no punches.

Shortly after golf’s governing bodies announced a new model local rule that would give professional tours and elite amateur competitions the option to cap maximum driver-shaft lengths at 46 inches, Mickelson took to Twitter to express his disdain.

“Stupid is as stupid does,” Mickelson tweeted. “Really though, are the amateurs trying their best to govern the professional game the stupid ones? Or the professionals for letting them?”

Mickelson, of course, has used social media to vent on this subject before. Before his second round of the BMW Championship in August, he alerted his Twitter followers that the USGA and R&A were on the verge of announcing the shaft rule, a move that he called “pathetic” while accusing the governing bodies of trying to make the game “less fun.” A week later, he released a video diving deeper into the matter, comparing shaft restrictions to the square-groove ban in 2010 and proposing that the USGA and R&A instead get rid of the perimeter-weighted golf ball.

“It’s just an idea to start addressing the real issue,” Mickelson said, “and not have all these other issues that are taking a lot of the fun away from the game and not really addressing the problem.”

The USGA declined to respond to Mickelson’s earlier comments, but after Tuesday’s news was announced, Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s senior managing director of governance, appeared on Golf Channel’s “Golf Today” to answer questions, including several that Mickelson had previously posed.

Pagel explained that the model local rule, MLR G-10, not only wouldn’t affect recreational golfers, as it applies to only the game’s highest levels, but it would have minimal impact on the pros; Pagel cited data that determined that just 3% of professional golfers use or have used driver shafts longer than 46 inches (Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Dylan Frittelli are the notable players).

USGA being ‘proactive’…

Source : yahoo

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