TaylorMade have released results from their survey about the proposals to rollback the golf ball - and the majority are opposed to bifurcation.
No sooner had the R&A, USGA outlined their grand idea to combat the game's biggest hitters did the hot takes start coming in.
Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau were the first to heavily criticise the 'atrocious idea'.
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy went against his peers by explaining why he was 'selfishly' in favour of the model local rule.
Nearly 45,000 golfers took part in TaylorMade's survey. The majority were recreational.
Notable results were:
- To the best of your knowledge, do you agree with the proposed golf ball rule?
- 81% No
- 19% Yes
- Do you think average hitting distances in professional golf need to be reduced?
- 77% No
- 23% Yes
- Are you for or against bifurcation in the game of golf (i.e., different rule(s) for professional golfers versus amateurs)?
- 81% Against
- 19% For
- How important is it for you to play with the same equipment professional golfers use?
- 48% Extremely important
- 35% Moderately important
- 17% Not important
- If the proposed golf ball rule were to go into effect, would it have an impact on your interest in professional golf?
- 45% Less interested
- 49% No impact
- 6% More interested
The next generation of golfers said they would be less interested in professional golf if the proposed MLR were to go into effect with 57 percent of golfers aged 18-34 years old stating they would be less interested, while five percent said they would be more interested.
TaylorMade's president and CEO David Abeles said: