Problems with using a longer driver

What is the Maximum Length of a Driver?

On October 11, 2021, the USGA announced a proposed change to the maximum length of golf clubs other than putters.  Before you get your knickers or panties in a twist, this does not apply to the everyday golfer, but rather to the top 1% of golfers.  Here is part of the statement:

"The USGA and The R&A have announced that new Model Local Rule (MLR G-10) will be available beginning on January 1, 2022 to provide those running professional or elite amateur golf competitions the option of limiting the maximum length of a golf club (excluding putters) to 46 inches."

Hireko's customer base should be aware of this since some may perform club work for elite golfers.  I guess it is one way for the ruling bodies of curbing the distance increases on the tours and not turn it into a Long Drive competition.  However, very few golfers, at least on the PGA and LPGA tour use a driver longer than 46" already.  Those that come to mind are Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson.

If it is a big advantage between the current maximum of length of 48" and 46", then why don't more experiment or wield a longer driver on national TV?  The answer to that is simply risk versus reward.   It is frankly much harder to control a longer driver and at the speeds these elite golfers possess, any small error is compounded meaning a missed fairway, ball underneath an obstacle or ball out of bounds.

It should be noted there is a tolerance of 0.20" from 46" using the USGA's standard method of measurement under Part 2.1c of the Equipment Rules as shown.

Maximum Length of Golf Club USGA Method

The penalty for making a stroke with a club in breach of this local rule is disqualification.  So, know the rules when they go into effect next year and have something to accurately measure club length.