TaylorMade CEO Refutes USGA, R&A Distance Report


TaylorMade Golf has made their stance known in ever-evolving distance debate and unsurprisingly, it falls in line what those of Titleist, the PGA Tour and the PGA of America said of the USGA and R&A’s Distance Report

Having gone over the reports “meticulously,” TaylorMade Golf CEO David Abeles came to the conclusion that there is not an imminent threat to the game as provided by the 24-page report. 


Here is the complete statement from Abeles. 

“We have meticulously reviewed the USGA and R&A’s 2017 Distance Report and discussed its findings with key stakeholders. Additionally, we have carefully considered the inferred implications that the study may have on the game moving forward. The TaylorMade Golf Company firmly opposes any potential rollback of product performance or bifurcation of the rules in any form as we believe these movements will be detrimental to the game at every level.

We are optimistic about golf’s future and we believe that the growth initiatives our industry has invested in are beginning to drive participation momentum in our sport. Any separation from the rules or any step backward in performance would be disadvantageous to the growth of the game. For millions of golfers of all skill levels, we believe innovation and technology lead to better performance, and better performance brings more joy to the game for all who play it.

As the discussion around bifurcation and rollback formalizes, we look forward to having a seat at the table to lend our voice. Until then, we will continue to create the best performing products for all golfers.”

—David Abeles, CEO, TaylorMade Golf

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