USGA to propose cap on driver length

2016 12 Rules Of Golf
• Golf's governing bodies to propose driver length changes
• The max. length set to be reduced from 48 to 46.5 inches
• Brooke Henderson won a major in 2016 with a 48-inch driver

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Yesterday, the USGA and The R&A revealed a new Local Rule – but that isn’t the only big change in the offing.


According to Golf Digest, a notice was sent to manufacturers in October from golf’s ruling bodies wanting to shorten the maximum length of a golf club from 48 to 46.5 inches.

In June, Brooke Henderson (below) won the KPMG LPGA Championship using a 48-inch driver.

Read more -> The R&A make new rule after DJ US Open debacle

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The notice, dated October 17, 2016, is a follow-up of a previous notice sent to manufacturers nearly two years ago that the USGA and R&A ‘were initiating an investigation on the topic of club length’.

However, it is believed only 1.1% of professional players and 2.1% of your average golfers use drivers more than 46.5 inches long.

“In keeping with this principle, we believe that it is in the best interest of the game to reduce the current maximum allowable length of clubs (other than putters) and eliminate the possibility that players could migrate to longer clubs in the future,” the Notice read.


USGA and The R&A to propose cap on driver length


Do you use a driver that is longer than 46.5 inches? How does it benefit you? Leave your thoughts in the 'Comments' section below.

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