DIS­TANCE RE­PORT

WHAT IT SAID, WHAT IT MEANS ...AND WHERE IT GOES NEXT

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Golf’s new Dis­tance Re­port is a hefty, com­pli­cated read. We cut through it to find the es­sen­tial de­tails you need to un­der­stand.

Since 2016, the R&A and USGA have is­sued an an­nual re­port on driv­ing dis­tances. The 2016 and 2017 re­ports made lit­tle im­pact due to the fact that their find­ings found con­sis­tent but un­ex­cep­tional growth in the dis­tances pro­fes­sional golfers hit the ball. Last month, how­ever, the 2018 re­port an­nounced sig­nif­i­cant changes.

The USGA’s Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Mike Davis set the ball rolling in early Fe­bru­ary, when he stood up at his or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­nual meet­ing and stated: “We do not think in­creased dis­tance is good for the game.” R&A Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Martin Slum­bers made sim­i­lar noises. “We are look­ing at the long­est on record av­er­age driv­ing dis­tance,” he stated. “It has caused us se­ri­ous con­cern.”

The re­port left the me­dia sali­vat­ing and man­u­fac­tur­ers per­spir­ing. While we ex­pected news of an­other “slow creep”, the re­port made clear that dis­tance is a con­cern.

Sadly, the re­port of­fered no so­lu­tions, just the prom­ise of a full in­ves­ti­ga­tion. But to shed some light on where we’re at and where the is­sue goes next, we’ve ex­tracted the fol­low­ing seven key find­ings from the re­port.

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