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Chalmers begs for rules action

Greg Chalmers

Dual #AusOpenGolf champion Greg Chalmers is “begging and pleading” for golf’s governing bodies to become proactive on key matters affecting the sport.

Chalmers, whose most recent Stonehaven Cup win came at this week’s venue The Lakes in 2011, said he had spent much time pondering issues that have dominated discussions since that time, with a distance explosion chief among them.

With next-wave players Cameron Champ and Luke List averaging in excess of 330 yards on drives this young US PGA Tour season, Chalmers said he’d love any decisions on the impact of such length to be made proactively.

“I'm begging and pleading for the USGA and the R&A to do a better job, I really am,” Chalmers said.

“They always seem to be behind and I would love for them at some point, and it's probably going to happen in about 10 years, they're going to go, ‘Hmmm, I think the ball goes too far, or the clubs help to hit the ball too far’.

“So that is something that I am frustrated about because we always seem to be unwinding the clock.

“We always have to – it started with the wedges, the change in grooves, then we went long putter.

“They keep unwinding things.  Why can't we get in front of things?  That's the only thing I wish would happen, they would do a better job sometimes.”

Chalmers, while measured in response to questions about the US PGA Tour schedule’s impact on the global game, sympathised with both Golf Australia and Australian PGA in ongoing scheduling concerns against other international events.

But he conceded financial imperatives in the American behemoth were often unhelpful to other nations’ scheduling decisions.

“It seems to be always finding that balance between what is best for them versus (a global aspect),” he said.

“They've got to a point where they can help others and also impact others.  I don't know what the answer is.  Should they be concerned about (it), of course they should.

“They are, I’m sure, but they're also very concerned about the business side as well.”


Posted by glenn hewlett at
15/11/2018 05:24 PM
Well kevin some of us remember when distance was a weapon, and control was also a weapon. When the choice of ball, and club selection, was a balancing act between the two requirements. To sneer at a "short hitter" should really be accompanied by an equal sneer at the bomber who hits two fairways in a round. Sadly, the game has evolved into a state where the short but accurate player is a massive disadvantage and the wild bomber is slavisshly catered to.
Posted by tony cornwill at
15/11/2018 04:40 PM
we wait till the new year,many many rule changes are set to impact ozzie golf
Posted by Nathan Anning at
15/11/2018 02:30 PM
He’s not referring to the longer hitters having a greater advantage. The longer drives are killing the art of actually playing a great golf course how it was designed to be played.
Posted by Gary King at
15/11/2018 12:44 PM
I applaud Greg Charmers for having the courage to speak out about this major problem,if the equipment and ball are allowed to continue on this path 20 years from now golf courses will need to be 15 miles long.I am fed up watching the pros playing sand irons to the longest par fours and 7 irons or less to par fives,it takes great skill to play a 1,2 or 3 iron while a sand iron or wedge even the average golfer can hit the green with these.If the US Golf had any foresight or courage they would also address the ridiculous time the pros are taking to play a round,5 hours is about average ,I recently timed a group in the US whom it took j20 minutes to putt out on one hole.The US administration are killing the game.
Posted by Kevin at
15/11/2018 11:58 AM
I agree to a point that there needs to be something put in place before it gets too far out of control. But as others have pointed out its an even playing field. Everyone on course could play with the exact same clubs and balls and there are still going to be guys that get the ball out past the majority of the field by a considerable margin. The game does reward long hitters too much these days. A better compromise would be to reduce the forgiveness of drivers. Then the straight hitters (who often tend to be shorter) will get an advantage, and the big hitters can look at playing 3 or 5 wood for a bit more control and get it out to the same kind of distances are the shorter straighter drivers. Bring the risk of the mishit long bomb back into the game
Posted by Roger Dunn at
15/11/2018 11:29 AM
Dustin Johnson quote when the same question was put to him. "If the ball is limited then it is going to limit everyone," he said. "I'm still going to hit it that much further than I guess the average Tour player." So the change will only impact the shorter hitter.
Posted by Michael Todd at
15/11/2018 10:56 AM
As for Aussie tournaments why not have an annual 3 or 4 event during late November and December and make it a co sanctioned European and USPGA and Asian Tour thing. Do it as a series so that you have more chance of winning he overall prize if you enter all 4. Aussie Open and PGA then Australian Masters in Melbourne and maybe a final tournament in Perth. Get some naming sponsors. Will be great concentrated promotion of Australia to rich people worldwide. Aussie Government should help with this as will really showcase the country. Many great golfers will come I think if there are sufficient ranking points available. Agree about 250 cc driver Geoffrey.
Posted by David at
15/11/2018 08:38 AM
Sour grapes from a short hitter and dreadfully slow player who used to get his caddy to line him up (now banned!) Glasshouses?
Posted by Marty Bouzaid at
15/11/2018 08:20 AM
I would like to see 1 ball for all PGA professionals, like tennis, That to me would put all players on a much more even keel.
Posted by john at
15/11/2018 08:09 AM
Why not get the course designers and superintendants make the fairways narrow up considerably at say 300 to 330 yards . Easy fix ,just set the mower blades higher.
Posted by Felix at
15/11/2018 12:07 AM
Chalmers makes some good points here - the new wave of players hit it absurdly long, but it’s not all to blame on equipment. Champ has the highest driver ball speed by around 10mph using the same kit as a lot of other guys. The shorter hitters are using the same gear, it’s physique and gym work as much as equipment.
Posted by Geoffrey O'Brien at
14/11/2018 07:11 PM
All that has to be done to wind back distance is to limit driver size to 250 cc at the professional level (or even all levels). That will drag it back 30 metres, instantly. The ball can be then left as it is. 250 cc is still the size of the current mini-drivers and bigger than drivers 25 years ago. It would be a painless and effective change, and it actually be trialled as well, like is done at the Shot Clock Masters.
Posted by kevin crane at
14/11/2018 07:08 PM
The clubs and balls are the same for everyone , short hitter having a whinge in around about way , he doesn't even specify what he actually wants to happen with the rules !

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