Mickelson slams “PATHETIC” USGA for expected 46-inch driver limit

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Phil Mickelson has channeled his inner Donald Trump, taking to Twitter in ALL-CAPS to take aim at the United States Golf Association for a supposed upcoming roll-back of shaft lengths in drivers.

If golf’s governing body in the U.S. weren’t planning to cause a stir with such regulations, then Mickelson certainly has, writing to his 766,000 followers prior to his second round tee-time at the BMW Championship to say:

“Word is USGA is soon rolling back driver length to 46inches. This is PATHETIC. 1st it promotes a shorter more violent swing (injury prone), doesn’t allow for length of arc to create speed, and during our 1st golf boom in 40 years, our amateur gov body keeps trying to make it less fun.”

Mickelson has been hitting the ball further than ever in recent years, not least when capturing the US PGA Championship at the ripe old age of 51 at Kiawah Island. A wielder of a 47.5 inch shaft, Lefty wouldn’t be alone in using such lengthy equipment, however most players on Tour are understood to use shafts measuring, or shorter than 46 inches.

Mickelson then embarked on a Q&A with his followers and when asked about the USGA’s reasoning behind the apparent upcoming rule-change, he responded:

“Who even knows. Logic isn’t their strong suit.”


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