Golf World (UK) - - FRONT PAGE - Words: Tony Dear Il­lus­tra­tions: Gary Lees

Mak­ing sense of the most com­plex is­sue in golf. Why we’re here... and where we go next.

In March this year, the USGA and R&A is­sued its an­nual Dis­tance Re­port, a joint state­ment that sent rip­ples of shock through the game of golf. The shock wasn’t that the re­port noted that driv­ing dis­tances were on the rise – that much was more than a sus­pi­cion. It was more that the USGA and the R&A vowed to in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther – and the un­spo­ken in­fer­ence that change could pos­si­bly be afoot. Al­most six months later, that in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­mains on­go­ing, with no an­nounce­ment on when it will be com­plete or its find­ings made pub­lic. But those six months have given us time to fully di­gest the Dis­tance Re­port and to dig deeper. Over the next 12 pages, we at­tempt to present the ev­i­dence – all you need to know on the Dis­tance De­bate, from how we got here to where the game goes next. In time we’ll dis­cuss the three op­tions ahead. But first, we ad­dress the eight key ques­tions to con­sider...

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