‘PATHETIC’- Phil Mickelson Slams the USGA’s New Controversial Rule

Published 08/28/2021, 11:28 AM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 11, 2021 Phil Mickelson of the U.S. reacts after missing a birdie putt on the 2nd hole during the final round REUTERS/Mike Segar


Phil Mickelson doesn’t shy away from giving or sharing his opinion. And that is what he did yesterday when he came to know about the possible equipment restriction by USGA. However, still, there is no official statement about this plan by the golf’s governing body – the USGA. But Mickelson made sure that he ripped the organization based on the speculations. 

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According to the speculations, the USGA is planning to limit the length of drivers to 46 inches from 48 inches. And Phil, without any hesitation made sure he points out the flaws of this decision and its adverse effects. However, the USGA has refused to comment on anything and is silent on this issue.  

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“This is pathetic,” tweets Phil Mickelson

Jun 19, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Phil Mickelson looks over the 5th green during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

Just before round two at the BMW Championship, Phil Mickelson made a tweet about this speculation. “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 the 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.” 

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It is said that the 46-inch driver cap is a proposed change to curb the distance advantage to the players. Meanwhile, Mickelson uses a 47.5-inch driver, which helps him keep up with the distance gains that a few younger golfers get. 

Moreover, his tweet also explains the science behind it. And in simple words, it means maximizing distance with a shorter driver leads to shorter swings, and therefore, it puts more stress on the body. 

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However, it is interesting to note that Mickelson has always had a complicated relationship with the USGA. In the 2018 U.S. Open, Mickelson found himself in a middle of a storm as he slapped a moving ball as it was running off the 13th green. The USGA considered disqualifying him but ultimately just decided to give him a 2-stroke penalty.  

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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. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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