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Distance Insights

The Distance Insights Project will examine distance through a multi-pronged approach that includes global stakeholder engagement, third-party data review, and research. Focus groups and discussion forums will play an important role in the project, to secure a broad range of perspectives throughout golf. 

This page will be used as a communication tool and you can expect it to evolve over the coming months. 

We are interested in hearing your comments and perspectives on distance, including: whether it has impacted you and how this has manifested itself, how you perceive hitting distance and how distance and its impact might evolve in the future.

Have your say

In an effort to thoroughly inform the Distance Insights we are engaging with golfers and a wide range of golf’s stakeholders to gather perspectives on the potential causes and impacts of increased distance.  

In this latest phase of the Distance Insights project, research will be conducted with a series of golfers and stakeholder groups worldwide, banded into 12 general categories. The findings of the global perspectives research will help inform the full Distance Insights report, scheduled to be released in 2019.


The research is being conducted by SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS an independent and international full-service sports research consultancy.

To give your views on this issue as part of the Distance Insights Project please click here.

Please note the deadline for submissions is XXXXX.

By submitting, uploading, posting, or sending information (including but not limited to, ideas, information, findings, research, data, documents, studies, analysis, whether proprietary or in the public domain, collectively “Submitted Materials”) to R&A Rules Limited (“The R&A”) and/or the USGA, you understand and agree that your Submitted Materials have been accepted for review and possible publication in connection with the Distance Insights project, unless otherwise agreed to in writing by you and both The R&A and the USGA.

You represent that, other than public domain items, you have the right and authority to provide The R&A and USGA with the Submitted Materials.  Submitted Materials which are relevant to the Distance Insights project will be considered equally, whether or not the Submitted Materials become part of any publication associated with the Distance Insights project. The R&A and USGA reserve the right to incorporate the Submitted Materials in its Distance Insights project and potential publications, in whole or in part, with or without attribution, in their sole discretion. Inappropriate comments, or comments received from anonymous sources, will not be published.

You understand and agree that your provision of Submitted Materials does not grant any right or licence to publicise the fact of your submission or make public statements regarding participation in the Distance Insights project, without the prior written consent of The R&A and USGA.

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