The average driving distance for male amateur golfers by age (2023)

Yesterday, the announcement bythe USGA and the R&A that they’ve proposed a Model Local Rule (MLR) that would “roll back the golf ball” for professional players made waves around the golf world.

Plenty of golf ball manufacturers weren’t happy with the proposal, including Titleist, who called it a“solution in search of a problem”.

Another big name in golf that was unhappy with the possible rule change was former U.S. Open Champion Bryson DeChambeau. DeChambeau is most known for his ability to hit the golf ball a ridiculously long way, so it’s not all that surprising that he’d be against a rule that would prevent the golf ball from going as far as it possibly could.


Bryson famously won the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot by six shots and did so by overpowering the golf course.

In an interview with Mike McAllister of LIV Golf, DeChambeau ripped the rules proposal, calling it“the most atrocious thing that you could possibly do to the game of golf.”

“If you could say I’m the complete opposite times 1,000, that’s what I would be,” the 29-year-old said.

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“It’s a great handicap for us guys that have worked really hard to learn how to hit it farther,” he said. “Look, if they do it in a way where it only affects the top end, I see the rationale. But I think it’s the most atrocious thing that you could possibly do to the game of golf. It’s not about rolling golf balls back; it’s about making golf courses more difficult.”

He added: “I think it’s the most unimaginative, uninspiring, game-cutting thing you could do. Everybody wants to see people hit it farther. That’s part of the reason why a lot of people like what I do. It’s part of the reason a lot of people don’t like what I do.

“But again, it creates more conversation in a positive way than cutting it back and trying to make everybody equal. I’m all about equality. I’m not about equity on this front.”

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Bryson went further with his criticism, mocking the proposed rule change on his TikTok page.

Brysons troll game ?

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Manufacturers and other stakeholders in golf can give feedback until Aug. 14, 2023, but it’s safe to say we know where the Crushers GC Captain stands.

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