Walker slams USGA over possible distance reduction

There’s a potential battle brewing in the golf world over equipment, specifically because a USGA and R&A study discovered an increase in driving distance.

Now, there’s talk about an attempt to roll golf balls back to make it harder to drive them as far, a solution that legend Jack Nicklaus has said he wants to pitch in on.

PGA Tour vet Jimmy Walker wasn’t pleased. He posted a photo of a hole at Pebble Beach on Instagram this week and shared his thoughts:

“Out there in the distance, besides the setting sun, is number 7 at Pebble Beach. I’ve hit 7 iron before. It’s 107 yards. I’ve chipped a 60 degree wedge. Too many variables in an outdoor sport to grasp what is actually happening. What I do know is the USGA does not have their fingers on the pulse of the game. Taking away a putter that helps many many people enjoy the game is wrong. Rolling back the golf ball 20% is another bad idea. Ask the normal golfer how much they would enjoy the game if they flew it 20% shorter. I’m asking. Would you enjoy that? Changing golf for the masses because a small few who play it a different level is wrong. The greats and USGA have it wrong.”

As someone who is the farthest thing from a pro golfer, I’d say he’s got a good point there. The popularity of the game might go down if it’s made even tougher than it already is.

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