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USGA considering limiting club technology

In another effort to rein in technology, the United States Golf Association has proposed placing limits on the size of clubheads and the length of shafts.

The USGA proposal calls for clubheads to be limited to 385 cubic centimetres, and shafts wouldn't be able to exceed 47 inches (119 centimetres).

The USGA is considered the governing body for golf in the United States, from the PGA Tour to club tournaments.

The USGA notes that excessive clubhead size and length is contrary to the rules of golf, which state, "the club shall not be substantially different from the traditional and customary form and make."

Wilson Golf recently unveiled a new 365cc driver, and TaylorMade's 360cc driver has been one of the best sellers this year.

The USGA noted that it has approved some clubhead models above 385cc. It said decisions on those clubs wouldn't be made until the USGA consults with those manufacturers.

The USGA will have a period of public notice and comment on the proposals through February 19 before making final decisions. Equipment manufacturers are sure to weigh in.

"They have presented no technical evidence that their limits are anything but arbitrary," said Barney Adams, founder of Adams Golf.

"If this is just arbitrary, then it stifles innovation, which is the heart and soul of the golf industry."

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