USGA Chief Mike Whan discusses golf rollback plans and their core objective

“There’s going to be a lot of ambulance chasers and alarmists to make this seem so much worse than it really is,"

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USGA Chief Mike Whan discusses golf rollback plans and their core objective
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USGA chief Mike Whan has responded to criticism that has followed plans for a golf rollback. A lot of negative reactions followed although Whan and the rest could have expected that. Whan believes that many want to present things as much worse than they are.

He is angry because individuals want their voices to be heard and thus create an even bigger mess. “There’s going to be a lot of ambulance chasers and alarmists to make this seem so much worse than it really is," Whan said on the Golf Channel, as quoted by golfmonthly.com!

“We’ve run those stats, we ran it by an independent, third-party ball expert, three different ball companies, two of which quickly came back to us and said we agree with your estimate, so I don’t want a few loud voices that are trying to get more clicks and more viewers and more phone calls to drive a frenzy that quite frankly just isn’t based on fact”.

Mike Whan: If you're a long player, you're still going to be a long player

He confirmed that the goal of everything is simply to stop distance gains. Whan believes that in 15-20 years, we will be at the same distance again.

He believes that this will not endanger the long-distance players and spoil their plans. We will see how true his words will be.
"I had an argument with a player yesterday morning and he said 'You know, no matter what changes you make we’re just going to work with our launch monitors, our coaches, our strength training.

It may take us a while but we’re going to get back any distance lost that you try to take away.' And I completely agree that in the next 15 or 20 years we’re probably going to be right back to the same distance we are today, but that would be considered a huge success and a win for the game and for Martin [Slumbers, R&A chief] and I.

Because the difference to that in doing nothing is 15, 20 or 25 years from now we’re another 20-25 yards longer and creating a problem we really can’t fix in the short or longer term. We didn’t do this to put a blanket on distance forever – if you're a long player, you're still going to be a long player, if you want to pursue distance as an advantage as a player you're going to be able to do that and be longer than others. We're just trying to slow the pace of that growth."

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