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All Pro Tour player disqualified for peculiar rules infraction

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In the final round of the Saturday’s Colbert Charity Classic, an All Pro Tour event, Brett White was disqualified for one of the most bizarre rules infractions we have seen in awhile.

As reported by Ryan French of the Fire Pit Collective, White was disqualified for having his rangefinder in “slope mode,” which is apparently in violation of Rule 4.3 of the Rules of Golf. White explained the situation on Twitter after the round.

What’s even more devastating is that White was very much in contention. He entered the round only four shots out of the lead and was playing in the final threesome alongside Hayden Wood and Zack Bachou. Wood would go onto win and take home the $23,000 prize share.

White said it best, certainly a “tough pill to swallow.”

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  1. Ran

    Aug 31, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    God forbid that tour players should play like everyone else. No rangefinders. No course books or notes. Just skill on determining the shot from where they lie at any given time. That would really make interesting golf. I’m tired of seeing pros constantly looking at notes.

    • CW

      Aug 31, 2021 at 8:49 pm

      Good players. Unlike yourself probably use rangefinders, course books and notes. If you’re tired of watching it then close your eyes when it happens and only watch them swing.

  2. Greg

    Aug 25, 2021 at 9:38 am

    This is why the Bushnell Tour X was the best tournament rangefinder. The two faceplates make this kind of thing impossible.

  3. Richard Douglas

    Aug 21, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    First, congratulations on calling it and accepting the DQ.

    Second, what, you can’t afford two range finders, one with NO slope function at all to use in tournaments? How hard would that be?

  4. Not a Pro

    Aug 21, 2021 at 7:19 am

    There is more to this story…

    He says they noticed it on the tee box, and the guy used it for a few shots. This means they noticed, waited, and then turned him in to get the Dairy Queen.

    Of course, he should not have a slope version in his bag full-stop if he’s a pro. I’d have probably said to the guy “does that thing have a slope mode, because I’d want to make sure that’s off…”

    But if I was playing for 20k, I might not, too.

  5. CrashTestDummy

    Aug 20, 2021 at 3:56 am

    It is easy to accidently change the settings in rangefinders for a few reasons. Many rangefinders they put the “mode” button on top next to the main activation button. You can inadvertently push the mode button and change settings. Best to get a non-slope rangefinder, so no possible way to have a rules infraction.

  6. Dave

    Aug 19, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    100% legit.

  7. Par6

    Aug 19, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    What a douche.

  8. Tyler Durden

    Aug 19, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    “As reported by Ryan French of the Fire Pit Collective, White was disqualified for having his rangefinder in “slope mode,” which is apparently in violation of Rule 4.3 of the Rules of Golf. “

    Apparently? It is a rules violation.
    What kind of writing is this?

  9. GaGolfer

    Aug 18, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Haven’t used mine in months but I recall it showing on the display it was in Slope Mode. Or at least 2 readings – Actual and Slope. How do you miss that??

    • CBarfield1789

      Aug 20, 2021 at 2:44 pm

      Exactly what my initial reaction to this was. In slope mode it clearly gives a reading on the visual display that is not there when in non-slope mode. It’s not something you just “miss.” If he used it in slope mode at all before his playing partner noticed, he certainly would have seen the slope reading along with the yardage reading on the display.

  10. Kim

    Aug 18, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Hard to believe that he hadn’t “noticed” it after 58 holes of golf ?

  11. Reid Thompson

    Aug 18, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Hahaha. “Apparently.” Did CPG write this?

  12. TODD BARROW

    Aug 17, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    He was looking for an edge

  13. chip75

    Aug 16, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    “Apparently”? Every serious player knows that slope readings are illegal for use. I’d imagine some players leave them in the locker or use a non-slope rangefinder as they’re relatively easy to switch.

    • gunmetal

      Aug 17, 2021 at 1:31 pm

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen one with a scratch or guy who plays in high profile tourneys.

      I guess for a practice round or something, but like you said, it could easily get switched into slope mode.

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Lamborghini set to build golf carts with solar panels

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One of the most iconic high-performance car brands has officially entered the golf cart business. That’s right, Lamborghini is partnering with Kinetic Green Energy, an Indian electric-vehicle manufacturer.

Kinetic Green CEO Sulajja Firodia Motwani told Bloomberg Television that their new venture would create “beautifully differentiated golf carts,” which will also feature solar panels.

It is not a surprise to see luxury car brands enter this space, as golf carts are reportedly a $3 billion market.

The Lamborghini-Kinetic Green golf cart collaboration has yet to attach an official name to their partnership. Distribution is set to begin in 2020, and the golf carts are expected to be sold at airports, hotels and resorts.

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LPGA pros react with ambivalence to USGA’s new driver-length rule

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The USGA announced earlier this week that they would be implementing a local rule that limits the driver shaft to 46 inches. While Phil Mickelson was among some of those who were in outrage with new stipulation, LPGA tour pros were far more ambivalent.

The Korda sisters commented on the controversial issue during their press conference for the Aramco Team Series. “No drama,” Jessica stated. “It doesn’t affect us,” Nelly added. This appears to be a common response in the women’s game, which caters to a more finesse and strategic style of play, as opposed to the “bomb and gauge” approach that many PGA Tour pros have employed.

“I would only see something like that as a problem if 90 percent of the field played with something like that. I don’t really see it as a big point. You can do way more with other things– limiting driver heads or balls, stuff like that. I don’t think this rule will change much, especially in the women’s game,” said Anne van Dam, who also happens to rank first on the LPGA Tour in driving distance.

Sophia Popov seemed to sum up the LPGA’s common sentiment best, “I don’t care, because I don’t have a drier that’s longer than 46 inches. I know I heard some criticism on the men’s side, but for us, the shorter the driver is, the harder you can hit it. I don’t think it’s that big a deal… It’s something I just watch from afar and watch on Twitter and laugh about.”

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Introvert vs Extrovert – Study shows what brand golfers buy based on personality type

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A recent study conducted by Stephen Smith, chief psychologist at the UK-based Sports Psychology Ltd (SPL), sought to determine the brand preference of golfers based on them having either an extrovert or introvert personality.

As reported by FirstCallGolf’s Ken Klavon, Smith, who has worked as a psychologist to professional athletes in golf, Formula One, rugby, and football, posted a short questionnaire with questions on golf equipment preferences focused on around 15 brands, followed by a level of personality questions. 

The study focused on three main character identification questions for the personality section: Introvert versus Extrovert, Pragmatic versus Visionary, and Logical versus Idealist.

After receiving “hundreds upon hundreds” of responses, the data, matched up with their favored golf equipment, showed the following results:

Introverts

Ping was the preferred brand of 40% of those who were identified as introverts, while Titleist was next up for introverts, with 18% of those naming the brand as their favorite.

Extroverts

Callaway and TaylorMade were brands that 40% of those identified as extroverts chose as their favourites.

Smith’s data also concluded that “60 percent of golfers are sensory pragmatics who will be driven by the look, feel and sound of any equipment” and that golfers are by and large a group of consumers driven by a futuristic vision.

Amongst his takeaways, Smith said:

“This study shows that golf needs to be much more sophisticated in its understanding of the customers it is connecting with, and in the way it communicates to build that connection.

How do you get personalities to react to something, particularly a piece of equipment? No doubt the 2020s may be the decade when the psychology of design will be as important as the engineering that underpins it.”

Find out more about the study here.

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