Golf’s leading officials signaled their intention to save the future of the sport from the big hitters on Tuesday, announcing offers to restrain leaders such as Bryson DeChambeau and Rory McIlroy. The game’s two governing bodies, the R&A and the US Golf Association, paved the way for equipment restrictions, including limitations on the length of riders and the introduction of a standard tournament ball on laps. Golf’s increasing distance problem causes major courses to be ruined The move is likely to abandon DeChambeau’s plan to employ a 48-inch driver to take down Augusta National in Masters in April. It was the turning point day that loyalists like Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods had been waiting for since last February, when the forces announced that they were finally ready to tackle the pros with the “Distance Insights” project. The problem of length pointed out by the joint work of the game “was critical for the future of the game”. The pandemic paused the progress but started again and eventually reached the so-called “solution phase”. R&A CEO Martin Slumbers confirmed to Telegraph Sport on Tuesday that a radical overhaul of the professional game was inevitable – “We’ll do nothing in the end” – now, he will begin gathering feedback on the game. Potential use of a local rule specifying the use of clubs and balls intended to result in shorter strike distances. In the short term, comments were sought about the proposal to introduce a local rule that would reduce the maximum clubless club length from 48 inches to 46 inches. The deadline for this is March 4th, and it will allow Augusta and all other tournament organizers to brake on long hits as it is expected to pass. Sleepers denied that it was “personal”, but acknowledged that the big hitters out there “can be customized for that matter. The big battle, however, will certainly be in attempts by the R&A and the USGA to persuade equipment manufacturers to review general fitness specifications for clubs and balls, including features that directly affect their hit distances. This means that governing bodies want to explore issues such as limiting ball efficiency, ball sizes and weights, reducing and shortening the drives in volume, and reducing the arc-like effect on the faces and moment of inertia in club heads. They chose to follow the “local rule” to ensure that golf continues to have a set of rules that should be followed by professionals and amateurs of all degrees. “Local rules” are not part of the official rulebook, but are a change or supplement to a rule that any tournament committee can adopt for a particular competition. The rules would, in fact, be different in practice, and ultimately mean that the weekend hacker can still use the best technology he has to offer – no appetite to change things significantly at the entertainment level – the pros will face. game-changing restrictions. Still, sleepers don’t see that way. “Local rule can be applied on a much wider scale than professional game or elite amateur game,” he said. “I think it’s misleading to say it’s just about elite golf.” There is no doubt that lawyers will leave equipment manufacturers desperate to protect their billion-dollar industries and they will already be involved, but the hope is that agreement can be reached after the completion of the feedback phase in November. “This is a serious problem and it’s time for serious thinking and I’m sure the game and many aspects can come together to do what is right for our sport,” he said. This is a complex topic, but Slumbers noted that while the conversations are intended to be as deep as they are responsible, they should not be dragged on. People like DeChambeau are already threatening the 400 yard mark, and there is an urgency to restrict bombers to ensure that great courses don’t go out of fashion and the game doesn’t become too one-dimensional. “There’s a balance of skill and technology we’re trying to find because the game is in danger of losing that balance,” said Slumbers. After the lockdown, different tours, governing bodies, golf federations, golf associations and organizations such as Augusta and PGA of America came together to ensure that the sport returns and continues as effectively as possible. This gives me confidence in this matter. “This is a long-term issue for the whole game. Golfers should understand that this ball, which goes further than every generation, negatively affects the game. The price for this is borne by all golfers. Only golf is the game of golf. “The ‘local government’ route is the perfect plan to avoid big scorers and producers. R&A and the United States Golf Association are far from being stupid and are well aware that they will fight equipment manufacturers with their proposals to reduce their accuracy. distances in the professional game. However, Webb Simpson stressed that even the conspirators could be in opposition if they were expecting this to be essentially a battle with the bombers on the Tour. World No. 9, Simpson is one of the shortest hits among the elites, who ranked 114th in the PGA Tour’s driving distance statistics, who failed to finish in the top 100 for the last six seasons. If the power of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, and Rory McIlroy suddenly diminishes, the chances of adding a major on Simpson’s resume will certainly be good.