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Report: Several players’ drivers deemed to be non-conforming at the Safeway Open

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According to Reuters, several players at last week’s Safeway Open were deemed to be using non-conforming drivers, with the PGA Tour’s new driver testing policy now in full effect for the 2019/20 season.

Per the report, the non-conforming drivers include those belonging to major brand’s TaylorMade, Titleist and Cobra, with Corey Conners, Robert Streb, Jason Dufner, Michael Thompson and Mark Hubbard all believed to be among those whose drivers failed the test.

The report also suggests that players have been sending their drivers back to their manufacturers for re-testing, with many unsure of the accuracy of the Tour’s new testing method.

Speaking on the potential reasons behind the failed driver tests last week, an equipment manufacturer representative told Reuters that

“They all start off legal and then the face starts to deform and the CT number increases,” he told Reuters, explaining that even non-conforming clubs confer little if any advantage. It doesn’t necessarily correlate to higher ball speed. This will become a non-topic next year.”

The new policy involves 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.

The process for testing the drivers involves a pendulum device designed by the USGA which measures the time that there is contact between the clubface of a driver and the ball used in the testing apparatus at the moment of impact.

In an email to Reuters Joel Schuchmann, vice president of communications on the PGA Tour, stated

“We will not be commenting publicly on items such as the PGA Tour tournaments scheduled for testing or results from testing.”

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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. Tsk Tsk

    Sep 30, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    So you put a picture of Corey Connors, and don’t list Ping?

    I have to wonder about the accuracy of your plagiarised reporting here.

    • Dan W

      Oct 14, 2019 at 12:56 pm

      That’s because he probably doesn’t play a Ping driver. Very few guys out there are 1 brand too to bottom.

  2. Keith

    Sep 30, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    So, now you are publishing book reports and calling them articles? When a journalist begins an article with, “according to Reuters”, something is amiss.

  3. Why would you want to be shorter?

    Sep 30, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Oh stop it. You sound like all the older people who voted for brexit.

    • S

      Sep 30, 2019 at 5:36 pm

      It wouldn’t feel short if the course is tough enough at appropriate lengths and with plenty of proper hazards. Like rough that’s the length of the grip, for example.

  4. Steve

    Sep 30, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Anyone else think there is no difference between ‘green’ and ‘yellow’

  5. Jim

    Sep 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    In my NSHO there are a lot of things wrong about today’s golf equipment, but it’s all about preaching “bigger, better, longer, new and improved” marketing and sales. Both the USGA and the R&A have let the manufacturers get away with breaking, then continuing to stretch equipment rules. “If you need a 460cc to hit a golf ball, you need to take up bowling.”

  6. joro

    Sep 30, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    Wow, what a surprise, illegal Drivers. What would you expect from Companies wanting to be the longest and long is what it is all about today, forget skill or distance, just go long and in order to do that they are going crazy. And do you think they give a hoot ? It is all about sales and getting the buyers of Clubs to go a few yards longer is profitable for them, so do they care ? it is not a problem to them, but when they have a staff member DQ’d, that is a problem. IT is Bullsh*t what is happening today with the game. And the USGA and R&A keep saying “keep the game as it was meant to be” what a joke.

  7. Curt

    Sep 30, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    The problem will never be solved with still allowing giant drivers

    • slowplaylanger

      Sep 30, 2019 at 5:27 pm

      they should get rid of long putters…they look like something a 90 year old granny should use.

  8. webster

    Sep 30, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    I thought the tour was supposed to be extremely careful to not leak/reveal the names of any player whose driver was determined to be non-conforming. It’s not like the players are deliberately ‘cheating’, it’s just that through use (metal fatigue) their drivers no longer fall within the CT limit.

    The major mfgs better starting bringing their own CT measurement devices to tournaments to provide testing for their contracted players. They owe it to their players to make sure their drivers conform before they risk potential embarrassment by failing the tour’s test.

  9. BigLB

    Sep 30, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    My local shop had demo clubs tested and the Ping G410 was so hot you could fry an egg on it.

    • BigLB

      Sep 30, 2019 at 3:21 pm

      Easy there Ping-lover

    • jonnycarson

      Sep 30, 2019 at 5:20 pm

      just wondering…if it wasn’t funny then was it realky a joke?

  10. rick

    Sep 30, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    People were bashing Costco for some bad balls this batch, not all are bad by the way, saying that real golf companies are much better at making golf equipment. Turns out, not so much. LOL

    • B

      Sep 30, 2019 at 1:12 pm

      If you think Costco makes the golf balls that they sell then you are grossly misinformed….

      • nj

        Sep 30, 2019 at 5:17 pm

        Grossly misinformed…lol. Like Costco makes anything. I guess you are waiting to state that someone is grossly misinformed if they think Walmart has there own factory in George, Arkansas..lol

    • Webster

      Sep 30, 2019 at 1:29 pm

      They all manufacture their drivers right up to the CT limit. Metal fatigues with use. All these clubheads were under the limit when they were new. Through hitting a LOT of balls the faces fatigue just enough that they are no longer within the limit. It’s why the PGA Tour correctly identifies them as ‘to have been damaged into a nonconforming state”.

      Costco’s mistake was not performing enough quality control testing of the finished product from whatever Chinese ball manufacturer they employed to produce balls for them.

      • Why would you want to be shorter?

        Sep 30, 2019 at 5:34 pm

        This person understands. Well done you.

  11. Ryan

    Sep 30, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    What’s the penalty for a driver failing? You can’t use it and it goes back to the manufacturer. Give me a driver that skirts the edge as much as possible, that would fall into the yellow category. I guarantee most of the drivers are right on the edge and these just barely went over. Since there is no penalty or fine involved, why not?

  12. JP

    Sep 30, 2019 at 11:58 am

    “This will become a non-topic next year.”
    .
    Why?!? What’s changing?

  13. Raul A. Montaner

    Sep 30, 2019 at 11:05 am

    And, I believe Thompson uses a Ping G400 LST! Yeah, he should have added Ping to the list.

  14. George Blohm

    Sep 30, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Because that is Cory Conners.

  15. Herbie

    Sep 30, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Why use a picture of Louis when his name isnt in the article or original report?? Almost falls under slander doesnt it?

    • Truth

      Sep 30, 2019 at 9:26 am

      Hi, welcome to golf for the first day of your life. That is a picture of Corey Conners. Thanks for the laugh.

      • Adam

        Sep 30, 2019 at 2:56 pm

        lol

      • TLW

        Sep 30, 2019 at 8:43 pm

        I laughed harder at this comment than I should have. This author has been BS since he started. He is a piss poor writer with zero golf knowledge in his articles. Hair Bear is about as bad as Click Bait Ben. This site continues to get worse with their articles.

    • barry n oid

      Sep 30, 2019 at 9:30 am

      because the author of the article is going for clickbait by posting a ping g400,a company not even listed in the article.

      have you not seen his work before? get used to it.

      • sebas

        Sep 30, 2019 at 9:33 am

        or. . . the author just didnt include ping.

      • A. Commoner

        Sep 30, 2019 at 1:04 pm

        Authors actually compose. Using the term author is much too kind.

    • Scratchscorer

      Sep 30, 2019 at 10:36 am

      Wrong.

      Poor assumption, yet goes on to assert slander based on the incorrect presumption.

    • Not Louie

      Sep 30, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      HAHAHAHA. this guy said Louie.

    • Kevin

      Sep 30, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      Libel actually if anything.

    • leftienige

      Sep 30, 2019 at 1:39 pm

      Because the writers of this article don’t want to get sued . They just show any random golfer .

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (2.28.20)

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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.

Tommy Fleetwood testing out an Axis1 flat-stick at the Honda.

Slick looking custom covers from Sugar Skull Golf.

Great looking new creation from Olson.

Nice restoration job from Kick Stand Putters.

Two Talent’s “Daddy Shark”

BogeyBaller showcasing Moraga Country Club, Moraga.

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GolfWRX Spotlight: Evalu18 – ‘Evaluating golf architecturally’

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When it comes to course directories with an emphasis on past and present architects, Evalu18 is likely to be one of the most in-depth—for UK and Ireland golf courses—you’re ever likely to see—highlighted by the site’s wealth of information and user-friendly navigation.

Jasper Miners, a Canadian now living in London, is the brains behind Evalu18. He explained to me how the concept began as a map with courses that he wanted to play based on his extensive research, which was then added to based on the recommendations of others. Frustrated by the lack of an easy way to access the information in a modern format – he created Evalu18.

“After some time I shared a map with a good friend, an American from New York whom I worked with who was a very keen golfer. The map and my notes allowed him to find great golf wherever he was and to plan a trip easily. 

Everyone has heard of the Open rota courses and perhaps some of the courses which are intimately linked to the history and origins of the game. However, for every well-known course, there are 10-20 that may be just as good that we and even locals may never have even heard of. Evalu18 exists for those – sound golf is the criteria for being listed.” – Jasper Miners, founder of Evalu18

Beginning with the site’s interactive map the depth of research and information available is striking. The filter option, which has been crafted down to the minutest detail, puts the directory in a league of its own and allows golfers to plan for the perfect day out or golfing trip.

Whether you are looking for a particular golf course from a specific architect or consultant, to whether the track is dog-friendly. or is suited to trolleys or buggies, Evalu18 has you covered. The directory allows you to filter courses based on the level of difficulty their walkability is, what is available practice facility wise or if you’re looking for a course which has ever hosted a specific event as well as much more.

Another cool feature of Evalu18 is its “Collections” element. With taste and preference regarding golf courses being so vast amongst golfers, the site doesn’t separate courses by ranking but lets you home in on that ideal course in a simple fashion.

The Collection section showcases courses that are grouped according to identifiable characteristics. Featured in this area of the site are nine-hole courses, truly unique courses, bunker-less courses, hidden gems, bang-for-your-buck courses as well as so many more cool categories.

Each course on the site contains information that a typical guest would want to know, with plenty also featuring full reviews written to enhance the experience.

Additionally, a “discover” section of the site allows golf-enthusiasts to explore golf course architecture books, magazines and pertinent works with the company confidently claiming to have “the most thorough collection of GCA book reviews anywhere online.”

 

As for what’s next for Evalu18, international growth along with a unique travel guide, says Jasper

“We are working on improvements to the site and a unique travel section that will have substantial guides. Every course can also have included recommended accommodation, food and drink venues and tourist sites. We engage with the clubs and have them help us tell their story – what makes them unique and worth your time, attention and $.”

Whether you are already in the UK and Ireland or planning that dream golfing trip abroad, Evalu18 is a site that is a must for any golfer to check out. Once you do, it will likely place you on your ideal course—which before you may not have even known existed.

Check out Evalu18 here.

 

 

 

 

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (2.27.20)

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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

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Anyone for some Nano black with lime green and blue paintfill?

Gorgeous shots of The Club at Kukuiula courtesy of Channing Benjamin.

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Life is too short to wake up with regrets.? ? We all deserve a chance to "getaway" from the daily grind. And so, my favorite place to escape to has always been Kauai. Oh, the garden island. Full of love, rainbows, epic views and good golf! I've been visiting this island for many years and it's starting to kind of feel like home. Truth be known I'm not there enough, but when I do visit it's completely refreshing. ? ? Kukui'ula, pictured here in the pano (swipe ??), is a part of that refresh that I look forward to every time. Tom Weiskopf designed the challenging 18-hole Kaua'i golf course that Golf Digest called “One of the Best Courses in Hawaii.” The challenging 14th hole, sometimes described as “a quintessential Weiskopf par 4,” has become legendary—and not just because of its dramatic ocean views, or sightings of spinner dolphins and humpback whales.? ? ????@channingbenjaminphotography @kukuiula ? ? . . . . . #alohafriday #aloha #kukuiula #picoftheday #hawaiilife #kauai #kauaiswhy #beautifuldestinations #hawaiigolf #hawaiistagram #instagoodmyphoto #instalike #whyilovethisgame #instagolf #golfing #thisisgolf #pga #golfcoursephotos #golfaddict #golfwrx #golf #golfphotography #beautifulgolfcourses #golfdigest #golfcourses #golfcoursearchitecture

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Limited-run of raw wedges from haywoodgolf.

Sweet looking flat-stick with a great story behind it from MannKrafted.

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It’s been a few years since I had the opportunity to have a putter on the club count at a PGA-level event. @hughroyergolf fixed that with his playing into the Champions Tour Cologuard Classic this weekend! Congrats to HRIII for his fighting and tenacity. For those who don’t know, Hugh was out of action for over a year, fighting Basal Cell skin cancer that nearly put him down. The orange dots on the flange of this putter are there to make sure that the fight is never forgotten. Watch for HRIII this weekend as he reminds his peers that he still has game. #hriii #mannmade #pgachampions #5goldPINGputters #mannkrafted #customputter #milledputter #handmade #fightthefight #basalcellsurvivor #doingwhatilove #doingitoldschool #golfwrx #golfdigest #golfersjournal #sunridgecanyongolf

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Reworked Scotty Cameron Futura 5W from Norcal Putters.

Stamped wedge-divot tools from Hot Birdie Golf.

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