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‘This is pathetic’ – Phil Mickelson hits out as golf governing bodies unite to limit length of drivers in pro events

‘This is pathetic’ – Phil Mickelson hits out as golf governing bodies unite to limit length of drivers in pro events

R&A and US Golf Association have been seeking to limit the likes of Bryson DeChambeau in their ceaseless quest for greater length off the tee – Getty Images

Golf’s governing bodies have dismissed the outspoken criticisms of Phil Mickelson and confirmed that drivers measuring more than 46 inches will essentially be banned in professional competition.

The R&A and US Golf Association announced the proposal for a new local rule in February as they sought to limit the likes of Bryson DeChambeau in their ceaseless quest for greater length off the tee.

At that time, DeChambeau was deciding whether to use a 48in driver at the Masters, although he stayed faithful to his 45.5in Cobra.

From Jan 1, he will no longer have the option, with the tours and majors confirming that they will follow the recommendations. In truth, very few pros employ a driver measuring more than 46in, although Mickelson used a 47.5in model when he won the USPGA in May.

Mickelson pre-empted the announcement on Twitter, saying: “Word is USGA is soon rolling back driver length to 46 inches.

“This is PATHETIC. 1st it promotes a shorter more violent swing (injury prone) doesn’t allow for length of arc to create speed,…

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