During an appearance on the “No Laying Up” podcast, world-renowned golfer Rory McIlroy supported a model local rule that advocates for a reduced-flight ball. He stated that it could be a solution to combat the distance issue.
The golfing community is debating after Rory McIlroy expressed support for a model local rule recommending a reduced-flight ball. While some are concerned about the impact on the sport’s growth and popularity, McIlroy thinks it could help address the distance problem.
The golfing community has been discussing the distance issue in the sport for several years, with worries that it is becoming too easy for professionals. It is uncertain whether the proposed rule will be adopted, but it is evident that the conversation regarding the distance issue will play a significant role in shaping the future of golf.
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Rory McIlroy throws support behind reduced-flight ball local rule in golf
Rory McIlroy shared his view on the podcast that a reduced-flight ball could be a practical answer, especially for amateur golfers who find some courses too challenging to play. He also indicated that he would be open to utilizing such a ball in professional tournaments.
In recent years, the distance issue in golf has become a topic of concern. The increased distance of golf balls has made some classic courses less challenging for players, leading to fears that the sport could lose its traditional charm and appeal. The concern is that players may start relying more on power and distance instead of skill and accuracy, leading to a significant impact on the game.
While McIlroy believes that a reduced-flight ball could be a viable solution to the distance issue, he acknowledged that implementing such a rule could be challenging. One of the challenges he noted is the potential resistance from equipment manufacturers, who may not support the change. Additionally, the cost of the ball could be an issue for some amateur golfers.
There are mixed reactions to McIlroy’s comments, with some believing that a reduced-flight ball would harm the growth and appeal of golf, while others feel it could improve accessibility for amateurs and retain the traditional challenge of the game.
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