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Ian Poulter has a very interesting idea to ‘fix’ the distance conundrum

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The distance debate in golf is likely to intensify this week as players get ready to tackle the 7,876 yard Kiawah Island for the year’s second major.

Last week, it was bombs away at the new PGA Tour stop TPC Craig Ranch, which saw regular drives of over 340-yards from the longest hitters in the game.

On the 10th hole, Bryson DeChambeau carried a drive 368 yards, and RTE journalist Greg Allen took to Twitter, where he said: “Without rollback, 8000+yard plus tour courses are inevitable. More real estate, longer rounds.”

This prompted a response from Ian Poulter, who had an interesting ‘fix’ to curb distance in the game, where he explained: “Minimum 9 degree loft fixes most of this instantly. But long will always be long.”

Bryson DeChambeau has played a driver with lofts of both 7.5 and 5.5 degrees this year, the reason being that the lower loft driver heads can help to produce more ball speed.

WRXers, what do you think about Ian Poulter’s fix? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. LABillyboy

    May 24, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Leave the equipment and balls alone. I don’t know anyone who is hitting it over 300 yards, it’s only the pros. Guys hitting 500 balls a day. Just use the lawnmower. Stop mowing the fairway at 300 yards off the tee…leave 12 inches of deep rough for the next 40 yards. If you want to keep a couple drivable par 4’s and reachable par 5’s it’s easily done. When the tour moves on, let the mowers go back to normal for the members.

  2. Gdb99

    May 19, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Raise the mower decks. They changed the grooves, well, let’s have some fliers again. PGA tour fairways Stimp out faster than the greens at my course, and they have been rolling good this year. Doesn’t cost a dime either….

  3. George

    May 19, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Just test it, if it works then consider it seriously.

  4. ericsokp

    May 19, 2021 at 4:45 pm

    So my solution for years has been easier … limit the number of clubs in the bag to 12. I don’t think most pro’s would want to give up their four wedge set-ups or “scoring” clubs, so they might instead ditch the driver or driving iron in favor of 3 woods or 4 woods as they would still be plenty long with those clubs off the tee.

  5. Blades Forever

    May 19, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    It is a good start! No more knuckle balls…

  6. Dan Kaufman

    May 19, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    This seems like a great idea.

  7. Jason

    May 19, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Instead of making courses longer, make them shorter with tighter fairways, thicker rough, smaller greens, and more hazards. Take distance out of the equation and bring precision back. It would also bring back a more even playing field.

    • John

      May 20, 2021 at 4:16 am

      Absolutely. Been saying this for years. Making courses longer plays into the hands of the usual suspects. Put a premium on touch, finesse, accuracy and vision instead of rewarding brute strength. Why don’t the PGA get this?

  8. Deacon Blues

    May 18, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    I don’t think a 9-degree limit would make that much difference. Even if Bryson were forced to play a 9* driver, I don’t think he’d lose that much ball speed or distance. Besides, some of the other longest hitters, including Rory McIlroy (9*), Tony Finau (9*), Cameron Champ (9.75*), and Dustin Johnson (10*) play drivers at that loft or higher.

  9. MJD

    May 18, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    I like the more spinny ball idea. Take spin off requires skill and less speed. Hit hard and you better be straight!

  10. Kraken

    May 18, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Easier and more interesting/entertaining would simply be bringing the balata ball back in play. Bad swings produce bad shots, not 300yd knuckleballs down the middle. Long is still long, but crooked is the equalizer.

  11. John

    May 18, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    You know that’s as good an idea as I have heard. It’s simple and even the OEMs wouldn’t have a problem with it. They sell very few drivers low loft drivers, and the ones they do, come right back.The big box stores used driver bins are full of 299 dollar 8 degree 46” drivers (one of them used to be mine).

  12. Terry, this is not a game

    May 18, 2021 at 2:18 pm

    He’s in the ball park. Loft should have parameters with every club

    • Joey5Picks

      May 18, 2021 at 9:52 pm

      so if an iron is 31 degrees, it HAS to have a 6 on the bottom? Not a 7 like many do today? Uh, ok, but what difference will that make?

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‘No one really gave a sh*t’: Koepka left fuming by chaotic scenes on 18th hole

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Sunday’s scenes on the final hole at Kiawah Island had shades of 2018 East Lake, but one man was not pleased by what occurred and let it be known in his post-round presser.

Brooks Koepka played second fiddle to Phil Mickelson during the wild scenes on the 18th hole on Sunday and claims that a fan targeted his bad knee amongst the chaos.

Speaking after his round, an upset Koepka said regarding the scenes:

“It would have been cool if I didn’t have a knee injury and got dinged a few times in the knee in that crowd because no one really gave a shit. If I was fine, yeah, it would have been cool.

It’s cool for Phil. But getting dinged a few times isn’t exactly my idea of fun.”

CBS announcer Jim Nantz accused the marshalls of failing to control the crowd on the last hole, and an angry Koepka further vented on the overflow of fans when asked what was going through his mind at the time, saying:

“Trying to protect my knee. I don’t think anybody really understands until you actually you’re coming out of surgery how — I mean, even when I was doing rehab and there’s five people kind of standing by your knee, you get a little skittish.

I don’t mind waiting or being in that crowd but I don’t know, it felt like somebody tried to, I don’t know what the deal was, but it is what it is. I’ll be putting it in ice today. It feels like shit right now.”

The 31-year-old suffered a nightmare final day on the greens at Kiawah Island to see his challenge fade and didn’t hide his disappointment with the outcome when asked directly after his round.

“I’m pretty bummed. I’m not happy. I don’t know if there’s a right word I can say here without getting fined, but it hurts a little bit. It’s one of those things where I just never felt comfortable over the putts. I don’t know why.”

As for being upset with what occurred on the 72nd hole, Brooks wasn’t the only member of his family angered by the messy scenes, with his father Bob taking to Twitter to voice his discontent.

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Tour pro brutally left hanging when trying to congratulate Phil Mickelson

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We’ve all been there, attempting to interact with an individual, and it doesn’t go at all according to plan – and that was certainly the case for Kevin Streelman on Sunday.

With Phil Mickelson being bombarded with congratulations from fellow players while walking away from the 18th hole, Streelman decided to get in the mix.

Unfortunately, with his timing off, he instead got savagely ignored through no fault of his own.

Here’s a look at the incident below, but it’s not for the faint-hearted!

 

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Plenty of WRX followers found the scene relatable, and here’s a look at a few of the reactions:

  • gawrontifhasions: “Phil needs to find Kevin and give him a hug. He deserves it. Heard Kevin is a class act.”
  • dmanferdini: “Oh god this is painful to watch.”
  • kyle_hayslip: “Oh buddy, I’ve been there. Just not on TV. That’s when I walk away to the nearest bar and grab a shot and beer.”

Tough scenes.

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Tiger Woods leads tributes on social media for ‘inspirational’ Phil Mickelson

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Phil Mickelson became the oldest major champion in history on Sunday, as Lefty rolled back the years to capture his second PGA Championship.

The 50-year-old’s victory stunned the golf world, and the tributes have been pouring in for Mickelson, from his fellow golfers to athletes from other sports. 

Here’s a look at some of the reaction to Mickelson’s victory, led by former rival Tiger Woods, who described the performance as “inspirational.”

 

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