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Starting in 2028, the shot distance of professional golfers is expected to decrease.

The United States Professional Golf Association (USGA) and the Royal Golf Association (R&A)

which oversee world golf rules, confirmed on the 7th (Korean time) regulations to limit the repulsion force of golf balls and decided to take effect from 2028.  토토사이트

This regulation was introduced on the grounds that the essence of golf is being damaged as distances increase, and the length of the game is getting longer

which is not conducive to the development of the golf industry.

The new regulations will first be introduced in professional competitions, and will be extended to general amateur golfers from 2030. 

However, some point out that it is unreasonable to limit ball performance even to amateur golfers who enjoy it as a hobby.

According to the new regulations, if a golf ball is hit at a club head speed of 125 miles per hour (about 201 km)

a launch angle of 11 degrees, and a spin of 2,200 rpm (revolutions per minute)

it will be in violation of the regulations if it travels more than 317 yards. The current conditions, introduced 20 years ago

are 317 yards of distance when hit at 120 miles per hour

launch angle of 10, and spin of 2,520 rpm.

If this rule is applied, golf balls such as Titleist Pro V1 and Callaway Chrome Soft

which are currently widely used by professional players, will not be able to be used. 

Additionally, it may become difficult to see refreshing long-hitting competitions between professional players.

The USGA and R&A predicted that the driver distance of a male professional player with a ball speed of 183 miles per hour (294.5 km) will be reduced by about 13 to 15 yards. 

In addition, it was analyzed that the distance will be reduced by 5 to 7 yards for female professional players and by about 5 yards for ordinary amateur golfers.

Players’ reactions to the rule limiting golf ball distance were mixed. Keegan Bradley (USA) protested, saying

USGA and R&A are going backwards with the times,” and Rickie Fowler (USA) also pointed out

Who would like less distance? That’s terrible.

On the other hand, Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland) responded favorably, saying

It will be an opportunity for professional players to regain the skill shot ability that has disappeared over the past 20 years.”

Some say that even if the new rules were applied to ordinary amateur golfers, they would be less effective.

This is because there is no way to give disadvantages even if the existing ball is used as is. In fact, in a Golf Digest survey

64.6% answered that they would not use balls with limited distance.

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