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“Our find­ings con­tinue to sup­port the fact that equip­ment reg­u­la­tions have been e–ec­tive... In any given year there are vari­ables that im­pact dis­tance, and any move­ment as in 2017 is not sud­denly in­dica­tive of a harm­ful trend... We con­tinue to be­lieve equip­ment in­no­va­tion has ben­e­fit­ted golfers at all lev­els, and our anal­y­sis of the 2017 Dis­tance Re­port a˜rms that the USGA and The R&A have e–ec­tive reg­u­la­tions in place to en­sure the game’s health and sus­tain­abil­ity.”


“We firmly op­pose any po­ten­tial roll­back of prod­uct per­for­mance or bi­fur­ca­tion of the rules in any form as we be­lieve th­ese move­ments will be detri­men­tal to the game at ev­ery level... We are op­ti­mistic about golf’s fu­ture and be­lieve that the growth ini­tia­tives our in­dus­try has in­vested in are be­gin­ning to drive par­tic­i­pa­tion mo­men­tum in our sport. Any sep­a­ra­tion from the rules or any step back­ward in per­for­mance would be dis­ad­van­ta­geous to the growth of the game,”


“We do not be­lieve that driv­ing dis­tance is an is­sue with an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of the golf­ing pop­u­la­tion. Ar­guably, re­cent dis­tance gains are more about ath­leti­cism and op­ti­mi­sa­tion... We are very much against any new re­stric­tions on club or ball per­for­mance or rolling back club/ball dis­tance, be­cause this has the po­ten­tial to de­tract from the av­er­age golfer’s en­joy­ment of the game and could neg­a­tively a–ect par­tic­i­pa­tion.” Other man­u­fac­tur­ers were ap­proached for com­ment but de­clined.

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