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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

34 Comments

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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. Steve

    Sep 30, 2019 at 4:22 pm

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

  4. 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.”

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. JP

    Sep 30, 2019 at 11:58 am

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

  11. 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.

  12. George Blohm

    Sep 30, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Because that is Cory Conners.

  13. 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 Challenge: Japan Skins – All the details that you need to know

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Just three days remain before Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Jason Day take part in “The Challenge: Japan Skins”, and here are all the essential details that you need to know before the event takes place.

What is the Skins format?

  • The lowest score for each hole wins that hole and the money that hole is worth.
  • In the result of a tied hole, the “skin” carries over to the next hole and continues to do so until won by one of the four players.
  • In the result of a tied 18th hole, a playoff will take place to see who wins the final skin.
  • The value of the 18th hole will not multiply if a playoff takes place.

The value of each skin.

  • Holes 1-6: $10,000 per skin
  • Holes 7-12: $15,000 per skin
  • Holes 13-17: $20,000 per skin
  • Hole 18: $100,000 super skin

What we know about the extra challenges.

  • Money won from the extra challenges will go towards the event’s charity partners.
  • Extra challenge details are not yet known, but expect something similar to the side action we saw in “The Match Woods-Mickelson.”

How can you watch?

  • Event takes place October 21st, 1 PM local time in Japan, 12 AM ET in the U.S.
  • U.S. viewers can watch the simulcast live on Golf Channel beginning at 11 p.m. ET.
  • Viewers outside the U.S. can tune into the event on Discovery’s GOLFTV.
  • Those in the UK & Ireland will need to pay a small subscription fee for Discovery’s GOLFTV.

Who is the betting favorite?

  • Rory McIlroy is a warm favorite for the event at +200.

Full odds courtesy of BetOnline:

  • Rory McIlroy +200
  • Hideki Matsuyama +250
  • Jason Day +300
  • Tiger Woods +325
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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.

Epic “Trick or Treat?” creation from Bettinardi.

Lefty putters now available at Swag.

Before and after shots of this satin black NP mid-slant from Embrace Putters.

Cool shot of Trump Golf Links Ferry Point courtesy of NCR.

New additions from Dormie.

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.16.19)

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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.

Sharp looking Kyoei KK prototype wedges.

Twisty DD201 WB 303SS with a satin marine finish from Lajosi Putters.

New designs from Bettinardi.

Dormie Sugar Skull covers.

New addition from Swag.

Great photos of Baltusrol Upper Course courtesy of Cameron More.

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