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PGA Tour introduces new driver testing policy which will be implemented from start of 2019/20 season

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The PGA Tour, in conjunction with the USGA, has announced a new driver testing policy which will come into effect next week at the start of the 2019/20 PGA Tour season. 

The new policy will identify player drivers that are non-conforming or on the verge of becoming so, by testing drivers pulled directly from player’s bags. Officials have previously only been allowed to test clubheads taken from on-site equipment trailers.

The Tour sent a memo to players on Wednesday where they explained that testing would be unannounced throughout the season during practice days at events. Once a player is selected, the player in question will hand over his driver to the official for testing.

Instead of being told their CT numbers, the PGA Tour has decided to implement a traffic light system with players receiving one of three colors after the assessment of their driver has taken place. The system works as follows:

  • Green – The club is conforming and may be used in subsequent rounds.
  • Yellow –The club is conforming and may be used in subsequent rounds but the result is within the USGA published tolerance.
  • Red – The club is deemed to have been damaged into a nonconforming state and as such may not be used in subsequent rounds.

Players receiving a green or yellow result will have their drivers returned to them, while those receiving red will have their club returned to the manufacturer.

It is compulsory for each tour member to comply with the new policy and the tour also stated that those who wish to have their driver tested on “a voluntary, first-come, first-served basis.” are welcome to do so. 

The new policy will debut at next week’s Greenbrier Classic from The Old White TPC.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at gmagliocco@outlook.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Fickie Rowler

    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Wound Balata and Persimmon. Problem solved

  2. Tiger Noods

    Sep 5, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Eventual outcome… guys are going to walk up with 5 drivers, have them test all of them, and they’re all going to be playing yellow.

  3. Jon

    Sep 5, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    So if my driver gets a red sticker, can I extract the shaft before they confiscate the driver?

  4. Ryan

    Sep 5, 2019 at 11:06 am

    This will open a whole new can of worms on Tour. The first time someone’s driver is deemed RED it will be a huge story and then in turn they will be questioned relentlessly. This has guilty until proven innocent written all over it. I’ve said it numerous times, you want the scores to drop, stop designing courses with par 4s and 5s that are straight. Force these players to make decisions and curve the golf ball. Then you will see the scores drop. Introduce a little bit of chaos into their minds and see them crumble. Today’s drivers aren’t designed to curve the golf ball, they are designed to go straight. Put that in a pro’s hand with a manicured golf swing and 80-90% of the time they will hit it dead straight and long. Force them to work the ball left to right or right to left off the tee and then you will see more and more miss fairways leading to higher scores. Augusta forces the players to work the ball and THINK off the tee and on their second shots. That’s why its rare to see a winning score above -15. Augusta is right at 7475 yards. Medinah is 7657 and the winning score was 12 shots lower than the Masters. Granted one is a major and the other a playoff event, but should a golf course 200 yards longer produce a winning score 12 shots lower?

    • Mark T.

      Sep 5, 2019 at 2:45 pm

      Ryan I partially agree with you, but this is badly needed. There has been no regulation on tour to ensure that these guys are within the limits — especially when their numbers sit on the boundaries. Their equipment is not what the general golfing public uses (as those are generally WELL within the range). The hand-picked and thoroughly customized equipment that most professionals, collegiate, and high-level amateurs use push the limits that the governing bodies have set. It is about time that there is some accountability in that regard.

      If they don’t want to be called out, take as much care in assuring that your equipment is within the limits, as they do in tweaking weight, loft, lie, etc.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (2.20.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Look out for this awesome headcover from Dormie Workshop in Paul Casey’s bag this week in Mexico!

New Mizuno drivers.

Studio Select NP2 restoration from Embrace Putters.

Another great looking job from The Golf Garage.

New in the bag for WRX’s Editor-In-Chief.

Bettinardi showcasing its “Copper Candy”.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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WGC-Mexico lays commemorative plaque for vintage 2019 Tiger Woods bunker shot

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Tiger Woods may not be playing at this week’s WGC-Mexico, but those in the field who are will see a new commemorative plaque on the ninth hole dedicated to a shot from the 15-time major champion at the 2019 tournament.

The plaque sits just outside the fairway bunker on the par-4 ninth hole and pays homage to Woods’ spectacular 134-yard shot with a 9-iron which he carved around a tree and spun to 12-feet.

Check out the shot below.

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Last time in Mexico @tigerwoods ???? #WGCMexico

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Woods went onto miss the putt, and eventually finished the event in a tie for 10th place.

Do you feel the shot merits its own plaque, WRXers?

Let us know your thoughts!

 

 

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Brooks Koepka talks the Olympics, Kobe Bryant, and Tiger at the Masters in a SiriusXM Town Hall broadcast

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While Brooks Koepka’s comments on SiriusXM regarding Patrick Reed grabbed the headlines this week, the four-time major champion spoke about several interesting subjects in the town hall broadcast, including the Olympics, Kobe Bryant and what Tiger Woods said to him following the 2019 Masters.

On the subject of the Olympics, Koepka stated how he was currently on the fence about the event, explaining how he believes it would be “cool to be an Olympian” but that it has “thrown a kind of a wrench in the schedule.”

“Right now, to be honest with you, I’m kind of 50-50. I want to do it, yes, I think it would be awesome to do. But at the same time we have majors, WGCs, the playoffs, its all kind of… I mean, these (motions to PGA Championship trophy) take it out of me, I’ll be honest with you. You come down and I need two days just to kind of mentally recharge.

It’ll be interesting just the timing of it, where it is at. The playoffs are kind of important. I’d like $15 mil. I think that’d be nice. I’d like to be fresh for that. If anything I’m leaning more towards going. It’s an honor. You play for your country.”

On hearing of Kobe Bryant’s death, Koepka spoke about how he was blown away, how he found it difficult to believe it was real, and how despite never meeting Bryant, the loss hit him so hard that he ended up crying in his hotel room.

As Bryant was his childhood idol, Koepka said he got on the phone that night to Nike to ensure that the unfinished project of his Kobe Bryant-inspired golf shoes would be completed to honor the basketball great.

The 31-year-old lost out to Tiger Woods by one stroke at the 2019 Masters, and recounted how Woods was quick to remind him that this levelled up their affair after Koepka had seen off Woods’ challenge at the 2018 PGA Championship.

“Augusta was interesting because, coming down the stretch I rinsed one on 12. We all know what happened. We all know he won. But it was crazy walking off the green and being there to congratulate him. The first thing he said was, ‘One-and-one now.’ (laughs)”

The entire Brooks Koepka Town Hall special will be rebroadcast on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio on Wednesday, Feb. 19 (10:00 pm ET), Friday, Feb. 21 (8:00 pm ET) and Sunday, Feb. 23 (noon ET). The full special is also available now on SiriusXM On Demand.

Brooks on the Olympics

Brooks on Kobe Bryant

Brooks on Tiger at the Masters

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