McGinley On Bifurcation: 'Open The Doors For Amateurs To Use Different Clubs'

Europe's 2014 Ryder Cup-winning captain says he is in favour of bifurcation amid longer hitting distances on tour

McGinley On Bifurcation
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Europe's 2014 Ryder Cup-winning captain says he is in favour of bifurcation amid longer hitting distances on tour

McGinley On Bifurcation: 'Open The Doors For Amateurs To Use Different Clubs'

Bifurcation, where professionals use different equipment to amateurs, is always a big topic in golf and is once again being spoken about this week after Colin Montgomerie's recent comments.

Monty said that "the time has come" for bifurcation and that he endorses Jack Nicklaus' idea of a tournament ball that travels 80-85% what it currently does.

The topic is back in the limelight after newly-bulked-up Bryson DeChambeau averaged over 340 yards at the Charles Schwab Challenge.

Colin Montgomerie's fellow winning European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley recently told Golf Monthly that "the horse has bolted" and he has always been  a believer in bifurcation.

"I think the game of golf is a very difficult game and the horse has bolted. The governing bodies have let the horse bolt which is really disappointing because the distance the top players are hitting the ball now is ginormous," McGinley told Golf Monthly.

"Secondly the way the horse has bolted is a problem because the greater your ball speed the greater benefit you get from modern technology.

"So the more you bend the face, the more spring you get, the more spring you get the more distance you have.

"So they have really played into the hands of the already powerful which is really disappointing.

"I have always been a believer in bifurcation.

"I think the game is is very difficult for the normal player, the average handicap of the world is 18 and what I would be in favour of is restricting.

"Restricting the technology rules around the equipment they can use.

"It would make the game easier for them while at the same time holding the professionals where they are and not going any further forward than they are.

"If anything slightly regressing it a little bit. That’s what I believe in.

"Personally I would hold the top level where it is now, absolutely make it stringent so they cant go any further in terms of technology but at the same time I would open up the doors for amateurs to use different, and the technology companies to create different, new ways, new golf clubs and new balls that will help the amateur play a game that is incredibly difficult."

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x