Rory McIlroy Delivers a Surprising Statement About the New Club Length Rule

Published 10/14/2021, 1:50 PM EDT
Golf – The 149th Open Championship – Royal St George’s, Sandwich, Britain – July 15, 2021 Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy in action during the first round REUTERS/Paul Childs


The USGA and R&A have recently announced a new rule in golf. Meanwhile, according to this new rule, no club apart from the putter can be longer than 46 inches. Moreover, the PGA Tour will implement this rule from January 1, 2022. Recently, Rory McIlroy, one of the most prominent golfers on the PGA Tour, gave his views about the same. 

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Rory McIlroy is currently competing at the CJ Cup in Summit Club, Las Vegas. Furthermore, this is his first event of the season, and during the pre-round press conference, he expressed his thoughts about the new club length rule. So let us see what exactly he has to say. 

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Rory McIlroy expounds his views about the new club length rule

Since the USGA and R&A announced the new club length rule, it has been a hot topic in the golfing world. Hence, during the pre-round press conference, a journalist asked Rory McIlroy about his views on the club length rule. And even though players like Phil Mickelson and Justin Thomas have spoken against it, Rory seemed to be okay with this new club length rule, as he believes it wil1l not make a huge difference. 

“I think if this is as far as they want the ball to go,” said Rory. “And I think we’re too far past like trying to roll it back. But if this is a sort of setting the limit, I think it’s just a preventative measure for the future. I don’t think it will make a world of difference.”  

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Meanwhile, Rory is one of those players who is known for his long drives off the tee. And he even admitted to chasing Bryson DeChambeau’s power game initially, which didn’t go well with him. But still, this new rule doesn’t seem to be bothering McIlroy as he believes it is just a preventative measure.

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Rory is one of the few golfers who hasn’t spoken against this new club rule. But, even though he didn’t criticize it, he hasn’t supported the rule either. Hence, it is still unclear whether he supports the decision or just wants to accept it and move on. 

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So what do you guys think? Is this rule the right way to move forward? Do let us know.  

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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