In an era of golf where there is a desire to hit the ball as far as possible, some professionals believe we might have reached the limit.
The Distance Insights Project report recently released by the USGA and R&A came to the conclusion that increased enhancement of distance may negatively impact golf in the the long-term.
Bendigo golfer Lucas Herbert was recently asked his opinion on the matter.
"I get the whole point and the argument of the fact that golf courses can't keep building more tees back further and further, and obviously it can't help the amount of courses that are shutting down with the fact that they've got to build more tees, irrigate more tees and grow more rough," he said during a press conference at 13th Beach.
Herbert also believed that products promising more distance had reached their limit.
"I don't know how you're really going to make it much better," he said.
"It's at a point now where you can't be getting 10-yards extra out of a driver, if they're going to make a change at all, if they're going to make it any better, it's one or two yards max.
"So from here I'm not really sure, I think we're kind of at the limit now."
Herbert said a reduction in distance would increase the level of skill required to hit a "flush" shot.
"I guess turn it back into something, it's more of the skill of making a centre strike and catching a ball flush is more important than just how hard you can swing it," he said
"I don't think anyone is going to be against that because it tests the pure skill of golf."
Herbert said he resulted to this mentality during his victory last month at the Dubai Desert Classic.
"It's about management, it's about working out where you're going to leave your next shot, where you're going to leave your ball in three shots' time," he said.
The topic on distance was also raised by Australian golfer Michael Clayton.
"To diminish the test, to reduce the questions great holes, including Royal Melbourne's sixth hole, ask down to drives and wedges is horrifying to those who care about the treasured courses of the game," Clayton said in an article written for Golf Australia.
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