Should The Driver Size Be Reduced: Faldo Speaks Out And Twitter Reacts

The six-time Major winner would love to see the driver size to be reduced

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The six-time Major winner would love to see the driver size to be reduced

Should The Driver Size Be Reduced: Faldo Speaks Out And Twitter Reacts

We asked Sir Nick Faldo whether he thinks bifurcation in the professional game is inevitable and his answer provoked a huge reaction on social media with touring professionals, fans and golfers alike.

"I would love the size of the driver face to really be throttled back," the six-time Major champion told Golf Monthly.

"Bring back the skill of ball striking, back in the good old days there were only a handful of great drivers with persimmon, now there's only a handful of poor drivers!"

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Former pro Tony Johnstone wrote, "ABSOLUTELY" whilst Simon Dyson wrote, "100%"

Two-time European Tour winner Robert Rock also said "Absolutely," and PGA Tour pro Cameron Percy simply replied saying "yes."

PGA Professional Steven McDonnell wrote, "I think he has a point, I grew up playing with a Slazenger persimmon 3 wood and Johnny Miller blades.

"If you didn’t hit the middle of the club, the vibrations caused so much pain that you couldn’t hit another shot for 5 minutes. It certainly made you more accurate."

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Nick Nixon also agreed, writing "The face on my first “driver”, a John Letters 1W, was smaller than my current 3W.

"I used to love the feeling of middling it (on very rare occasions) and, although I’m someone who probably benefits greatly from blasting a driver, would absolutely welcome going back."

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Whilst the majority of users agreed with Faldo, there were unsurprisingly some that didn't.

Matt Allen wrote, "The idea of different golf balls and golf clubs for professionals is such a bad idea. Half of the fun of golf is being able to compare yourself to the pros."

Another user, @leefer3, wrote: "No...i understand his point but i believe the top players of today would be just as good with the old wooden drivers if thats all they had Longer courses have counter acted the bigger hitters IMO"

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Nine-time Major champion Gary Player is another to share Faldo's view of bifurcation.

The South African told Golf Monthly last year that he would like to see the golf ball rolled back 50 yards.

Sir Nick was talking to Golf Monthly on behalf of Faldo Series and Faldo Design…

The Faldo Series is widely recognised as the only global amateur series for junior boys and girls. Spanning Europe, Asia and America, 40 events take place in 30 countries worldwide every year, the Series supports Sir Nick’s vision to give young people opportunities through golf and to help identify and nurture the next generation of champions. Over 40,000 boys and girls have competed since its inception. 

Faldo Design is an award-winning international golf course design firm, with an emphasis on strategy and memorability. With more than 50 design projects around the world, either open for play or in development, Faldo Design creates courses that respect and sit in harmony with the natural environment. The firm’s current project is the Sir Nick Faldo Signature design in Pakistan, Rumanza Golf Club, which will see construction of the country’s first ever championship golf course. 

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5