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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 (2.26.20)

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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.

New SuperSpeed counterweight club on show at this week’s Honda Classic.

Re-finished TaylorMade P730 irons from The Golf Garage.

Interesting looking Bettinardi Proto at this week’s Honda Classic.

On the way from Boyd Blade & Ferrule Co.

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Arriving in the Hive tomorrow.

Brushed copper Squareback No. 1 from Embrace Putters.

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

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Brooks Koepka hits out at the “stuffiness” and “country club atmosphere” attached to golf

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Never one to pull punches, Brooks Koepka has slammed the “stuffiness” and “country club atmosphere” associated with golf which he feels is damaging the progression of the sport.

In an in-depth interview with GQ Magazine, the four-time major champion discussed a multitude of topics, and Koepka explained that the “gentleman sport” tag attached to golf is one of the reasons preventing more people from getting involved in the game.

“Hockey, you go to blows and then sit in the box for a couple minutes. Golf’s just held to a different standard. Because it’s supposed to be a gentleman’s sport. And that’s where I think they lose a lot of people. They just do.”

Asked what he would change about the sport if he had the chance, Koepka was quick to sound off on the “stuffiness” and “country club atmosphere” which he believes is one of the biggest problems the sport has in attracting more support.

“One thing I’d change is maybe the stuffiness. Golf has always had this persona of the triple-pleated khaki pants, the button-up shirt, very country club atmosphere, where it doesn’t always have to be that way. That’s part of the problem. 

Everybody always says, ‘You need to grow the game.’ Well, why do you need to be so buttoned-up? ‘You have to take your hat off when you get in here.’ ‘You’re not allowed in here unless you’re a member—or unless the member’s here.’ Really? 

I just never really liked the country club atmosphere. I know that drives a lot of people away from liking me. But just ’cause this golf club has such prestige and the members are all famous and have a lot of money…like, why can’t I show up and just go play the golf course? Why do I have to sit in my car and wait for the member?”

The 29-year-old further explained how he doesn’t feel like no rules would be the answer, but how a more relaxed approach would prevent the feeling of “walking on eggshells” when at a golf course.

“I’m not saying no rules is the answer. But it’s like, you want everyone to enjoy themselves when they’re there, you don’t want to feel like you’re walking on eggshells when you arrive at the golf course. I don’t like feeling like I’m walking on eggshells everywhere I go.”

Brooks Koepka is in action this week at the Honda Classic and will tee it up alongside Matthew Wolff and Keith Mitchell for the opening two rounds.

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European Tour pro reveals that he is currently blocked by Patrick Reed on Twitter

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On Tuesday in the Twittersphere, European Tour pro Eddie Pepperell revealed that Patrick Reed has blocked him on the social media platform.

Pepperell dropped the news in a casual tweet where he said

“(From what I’m aware of) Two people have blocked me on Twitter. Patrick Reed, and Jameela Jamil. Interesting couple they would make! (I was also once blocked by a namesake sports writer from the Guardian but he’s seemingly unblocked me now… Joy)”

Back in December, following Reed’s waste bunker controversy at the Hero, the Englishman slammed the 29-year-old in a tweet asking “What the f–k were you thinking?!” – which likely didn’t go down well with the 2018 Masters Champion.

While it appears Pepperell and Reed aren’t exactly on the best of terms, Bryson DeChambeau is one notable name who has backed the Texan.

Following Reed’s impressive WGC-Mexico win, DeChambeau told Golf Channel that himself and Reed sometimes get a bad rap and that “we understand each other’s pain sometimes.”

 

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