Big-hitting Bryson DeChambeau reckons that he has no issues with potential changes to golfing equipment rules – and cannot help but feel just a little flattered by the fact that they could stop him using a 48-inch driver in the future.
DeChambeau followed his commanding US Open victory by experimenting with the longer-shafted driver ahead of November's Masters, but subsequently decided against using it at Augusta National.
And following Tuesday's proposal by the game's governing bodies to limit clubs to a maximum of 46 inches, the World No.8 was relaxed that the decision on using such clubs looks set to be taken out of his hands.
"There's no issues," DeChambeau said ahead of this week's Saudi International on the European Tour.
"I'm sure there's a lot of excitement about me having a potentially controversial thought on it but I don't.
"It's a little flattering in a sense because I did talk about that 48-inch driver for so long, and it just didn't work for me the way I wanted it to.
"We just didn't have the right heads for me at that point in time. We were getting close, but right now it's made the decision really easy on what to do next.
"It potentially could have been something that would have been a bummer but luckily it didn't and it didn't work out for me right off the bat because then I would have been losing distance."
"I think I might be pushing them a little bit, and I'm not really trying to push." – Bryson DeChambeau
R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers insisted individual players were not being targeted by the proposal on club length, but DeChambeau has undoubtedly been at the forefront of the debate over distance.
"I think I might be pushing them a little bit, and I'm not really trying to push," DeChambeau added.
"I'm just trying to play my best golf and get the golf ball in the hole in the least amount of strokes possible in whatever way the rules allow me to do that. I think that I'm willing to try things that people are not OK with trying."
The R&A and USGA are also seeking feedback on the potential use of a local rule that could lead to a restricted ball or clubs being used for for certain tournaments – and could also result in a costly legal battle with equipment manufacturers.
"It's going to cost them a lot of money to change a lot of the product that they have already put into work," DeChambeau added.
"Companies are already working on 2022, 2023 designs. So they are going to have to re-engineer that.
"But I don't know what the future holds. I'm not in the position to say other than the fact that I don't think they will be happy about it by any stretch of the imagination.
"But certainly I'm sure that one company, some company would probably do it if it really came down to that."
- Phil Casey, PAA
- Phil Casey, PAA