Over four in five golfers surveyed by golf giants TaylorMade did not agree with new golf ball bifurcation rules proposed.
In response to the USGA and R&A’s controversial proposed golf ball Model Local Rule (MLR), TaylorMade invited everyday golfers to voice their opinion by completing a survey regarding the topic of golf ball bifurcation.
Nearly 45,000 golfers across more than 100 countries spanning a variety of ages, abilities and participation levels took the time to complete the survey and have their voice heard.
Most notably 81% of responders said they DO NOT agree with the proposed golf ball rule.
Further to that, 77% didn’t think current average hitting distances in professional golf needed to be reduced, and most worryingly, 45% of golfers asked said they are more likely to be less interested in golf if the proposed golf ball rule were to go into effect.
David Abeles, TaylorMade Golf President & CEO, said: “The next generation of golfers said they would be less interested in professional golf if the proposed MLR were to go into effect with 57 percent of golfers aged 18-34 years old stating they would be less interested, while five percent said they would be more interested.
“The goal of our survey was to give golfers the opportunity to voice their opinion on this proposed ruling as we absorb the MLR and its potential effects on the everyday golfer. We are grateful that nearly 45,000 golfers across the world felt the need for their voice to be heard.
“The overwhelming amount of responses show the passion, knowledge and care for the game our audience possesses. Each response and data point is being reviewed as we will utilize this feedback in our preparation to provide a response to the USGA and R&A.”