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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 (9.20.19)

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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.

Lajosi Putters using a mix of tellurium copper and stainless damascus on this flat-stick.

Craziness on the course!

Restored Ping Anser 4 from Kick Stand Putters.

Inventive work from Dormie Workshop.

Great shot of Toronto Golf Club courtesy of Drew Harvey.

Custom Scotty Cameron Newport 2 from The Golf Garage.

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

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Details of ‘The Challenge: Japan Skins’ involving Woods, McIlroy, Matsuyama and Day released

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The upcoming skins match in Japan involving Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama is set, with a prize purse of $350,00 up for grabs.

The opening six holes of the event billed as ‘The Challenge: Japan Skins’, will be worth $10,000 each, with the value of holes increasing as the match continues – with the potential of there being a total of $100,000 on the line on the 18th hole.

The event is scheduled to finish under the lights, and according to the release, will feature “special in-match challenges and surprises.”

Viewers in the U.S. can watch the skins match live on Golf Channel, while those outside the U.S. will be able to tune into the event on Discovery’s GOLFTV. Viewers in the UK and Ireland will need to pay a subscription fee for the service.

Coverage of ‘The Challenge: Japan Skins’, which takes place on the week of the Zozo Championship, begins on Oct. 20 at 11 PM ET.

 

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (9.18.19)

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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.

A mixture of burl, resin and copper used for this flat-stick from Hardwood Putters.

Bettinardi’s Honeycomb 303SS Belt and Brass Tour Dept. Ball Marker coming to the Hive this Thursday.

What did you make of Lexi Thompson’s controversial reaction to this fore shout at last week’s Solheim Cup, WRXers?

Jason Dufner another man using SuperSpeed to start the new Tour season.

Fans of the Phillies will love this creation from Dormie.

Military-themed flat-stick from CNC Creations.

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

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