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…


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