“Our findings continue to support the fact that equipment regulations have been eective... 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 arms that the USGA and The R&A have eective 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 aect participation.” Other manufacturers were approached for comment but declined.