One of the biggest hitters in world golf has declared plans to modify balls to reduce how far professional players can hit them as “the most atrocious thing that you could possibly do”.
In a joint announcement on Wednesday, the USGA and The R&A proposed a new local rule that would require tournament organisers to only allow balls that meet strict new testing requirements to “address the impacts of hitting distances in golf”.
The rule, which could come into effect in 2026 and is designed more to protect courses that are being made too easy by big-hitting pros, could mean dozens of balls that are currently used could become illegal.
The news was met with caution by the PGA Tour and howled down by players who declared it was the opposite of what the game needed to do.
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