TaylorMade (equipment manufacturer) is one of a number of manufacturers who are against the R&A and USGA proposals, which have been discussed for a long time. The response from TaylorMade executives did not come immediately, but eventually, they had to react.
According to them, such changes will have an impact on a number of things. It is one of the great things about golf that amateurs are able to experience the same level of magic and enjoyment as professionals when it comes to playing golf.
“We believe a large part of golf’s appeal is this underlying sense of: ‘I can do that, too.’ And using the same equipment as the pros gives us a more accurate feel for how talented these players are.
Most of us will never know what it’s like to play in Madison Square Garden, throw a touchdown in the Super Bowl, or score the game-winning goal in a World Cup final, but we can go to St. Andrews, walk across the Swilcan Bridge and for a moment feel what it’s like to be a professional.
Walk in their shoes, play the same courses, and use the same equipment. It’s all part of why we love this sport”. - they wrote, as quoted by golfmonthly.com
TaylorMade and its statement
TaylorMade told golfers that they should be as vocal as possible when it comes to things like this.
Of course, many golfers have reacted, but the question is, will it be enough to prevent the changes from being implemented? “As we absorbed this announcement and tried to understand the why, as well as the impact, all of our conversations came back to one place – you, the golfer.
We want your voice to be heard, so please, let us know what you think. We invite you to be part of the conversation and to be part of our feedback to the USGA and R&A”