Phil Mickelson slammed a new directive on club length designed to curb driving distances on Wednesday, saying players had not been consulted over a policy he described as “stupid”.
Golf’s governing bodies, the Royal & Ancient, and the US Golf Association (USGA), on Tuesday said top-level tournaments will now be given the option of imposing a 46-inch limit on club length.
That could impact players like Mickelson, who used a 49.9-inch driver when he won the US PGA Championship earlier this year, as well as big-hitters like 2020 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, who has experimented with a 48-inch driver.
“It is extremely disappointing to find out that the PGA Tour adopted the new USGA rule through the media,” Mickelson wrote on Twitter.
“I don’t know of any player who had any say or any kind of representation in this matter. I do know many are wondering if there’s a better way.”
In a separate post reacting to the rule change on Tuesday, Mickelson wrote: “Stupid is as stupid does… really though, are the amateurs trying their best to govern the professional game the stupid ones? Or the professionals for letting them?”
The rule change restricting clubs to 46 inches was first outlined…
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