14 Dec 2012

Reducing golf ball distance not good for average golfers: USPGA

6:08 am on 14 December 2012

Limiting how far the ball travels and the type of putters players can use could do more harm than good for golf, the PGA of America says.

The PGA of America, which is opposed to a proposed ban on players anchoring long putters to their body, feels making golf easier would lead to growth in the game and it's ready to resist a possible move to reign in the distance golf balls travel.

PGA presiden Ted Bishop says if anything is done to stop amateur players not hitting the ball as far that's not going to enhance their enjoyment of the game.

Golf's rulesmakers have not formally proposed reducing how far a golf ball can go, but it has been something the United States Golf Association has been pondering.

Bishop says he worries about the average player if such a rule were to be passed.

A review process on the proposed anchoring rule by the USGA and the Royal and Ancient is set to continue through next February and if approved would be enforced from 2016.