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Outrage as USGA deem Club Pro Guy’s Xe747 club designed to ‘punch out of the sh*t’ non-conforming

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The golf equipment world had a groundbreaking development in 2022, with the introduction of the Xe747 punch out club that features a revolutionary Tri-Face design.

Manufactured by Mexican Mini-Tour legend and all-around good guy, Club Pro Guy, the club also contains propriety Camel Toe Technology and includes the hashtag ‘#Elite Punch Out Club’ emblazoned on the sole for good measure.

Our resident club junkie and one half of the TG2 pod, Brian Knudson, recently took the club for a spin and described it as a “true game-changer” in a review that was “definitely an unbiased product description that was in no way influenced by CPG or Darrel Bevins.” Check it out below.

While all of that is great, the golf world was rocked on Monday when Club Pro Guy revealed a letter from the USGA declaring the club as non-conforming.

Despite being described succinctly as a club with 3 sides designed to “punch out of the sh*t”, the USGA dismissed the application for the club to be granted conforming status, brutally adding that “multi-sided clubs are not, have never been, nor ever will be conforming.”

Furthermore, the governing body had the nerve to call out the revolutionary Camel Toe technology, saying that not only were no technological benefits found, but harshly determining that it’s “basically just an image of a camel emblazoned on the toe of the club.”

Though we’ll now be forced to wait to see the club (which is obviously currently sold out due to high demand) on a professional tour, CPG has thankfully vowed to appeal the decision.

We’ll certainly be keeping an eye on this developing situation.

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25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. Murphy

    Apr 13, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    My favorite part of Club Pro Guy is the folks who take his schtick seriously and get angry. Really the icing on the cake.

  2. Bob

    Apr 13, 2022 at 1:12 pm

    Punch out of the sh*t?

    CamelToe?

    Clownworld brats are running the show.

    • Michael

      Apr 14, 2022 at 7:49 am

      Look Grandpa…. Azz clownery sells these days. You don’t like it, move to Russia. They don’t tolerate it there.

      • Bob

        Apr 14, 2022 at 9:08 pm

        OK Azz clown. Enjoy clowning azzes at Tel Aviv Pride. They tolerate it.

        • Michael

          Apr 15, 2022 at 4:53 pm

          Lol.. naw I’ll just stay in the good ole USA and azz clown mooknaviches like you.

  3. HR Fernández

    Apr 13, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    Where’s Peter Kessler when you need him, lol…

  4. HR Fernández

    Apr 13, 2022 at 12:34 pm

    You have to admit, the YouTube infomercial is off the charts, lol…

  5. Puddin

    Apr 13, 2022 at 11:01 am

    Perfect club for us hacks. Check out MR Short Game’s review too of the Xe747. CPG is a Legend. #elite

  6. benseattle

    Apr 13, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Nothing better than an April Fools joke LONG after the first of the month. But hey… it’s still April, right?

  7. Rich Douglas

    Apr 13, 2022 at 8:32 am

    This wasn’t even close. The USGA and R and A have had a long-standing rule that a club cannot be designed to be hit from both sides of the clubhead–except for putters. Everyone involved with developing this club must certainly have known this. The faux outrage is comical–did they expect this to be ruled conforming? Seriously?

    You can argue about the fairness or righteousness of the rule itself, but that’s not what is at issue here. The issue here is a club that was blatantly non-conforming being ruled as such. Period.

    Oh, and the “camel toe” is a little skeezy, too.

  8. PJ

    Apr 13, 2022 at 6:54 am

    The USGA sucks. Why doesn’t the PGA have its own rules? Who cares if it is conforming? Use it anyway.

  9. HR Fernández

    Apr 13, 2022 at 12:23 am

    The older Ricky Fowler on the YouTube promotion is priceless, lol….

    The guy in the sleeveless t-shirt and jean shorts? Another hit.

    From 36 to 32 in a few days? Totally awesome!

    The designer with the Bass Masters shirt and scrambled face? Genius!

  10. HR Fernandez

    Apr 13, 2022 at 12:21 am

    The older Ricky Fowler on the YouTube promotion is priceless, lol….

    The guy in the sleeveless t-shirt and jean shorts? Another hit.

    The designer with the Bass Masters shirt and scrambled face? Genius!

  11. HR Fernández

    Apr 13, 2022 at 12:20 am

    The older Ricky Fowler on the YouTube promotion is priceless, lol….

    The guy in the sleeveless t-shirt and jean shorts? Another hit.

    The designer with the Bass Masters shirt and scrambled face? Genius!

  12. HR Fernández

    Apr 13, 2022 at 12:04 am

    Another reason why the USGA will never see a dime from me, other than my official handicap through my club, the USGA can save themselves some postage on their membership requests.

    • Eeej

      Apr 14, 2022 at 1:20 am

      You’re an idiot. Now please don’t play golf any more. You’ll just make yourself look more of an idiot every time

      • HR Fernández

        Apr 14, 2022 at 10:35 am

        Please, seek some mental health and leave your mommy’s basement.

        Poor Eeej!

      • Eeej

        Apr 14, 2022 at 10:38 am

        Go and play your putt-putt and leave the golf conversation to real golfers Eeej.

  13. CrashTestDummy

    Apr 12, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    It actually is a smart design and would useful in many situations. It just needs triple-camber bounce sole. Why is it non-conforming? Keep trying Club Pro Guy.

    • Rich Douglas

      Apr 13, 2022 at 8:42 am

      Why? Here’s USGA Rule 2d:

      The clubhead must have only one striking face, except that a putter may have two such faces if their characteristics are the same, and they are opposite each other.

      Personally, I don’t care what someone plays with. In my travels, I’ve found that people who use non-conforming equipment (like the Callaway ERC II or the Polara ball or 2-faced chippers) can’t play anyway.

      If someone plays anything like that–or have iron covers or carry a ball retriever–then I want that person as my opponent. They’re probably carrying an ego-based handicap they can’t play to anyway.

      • Dan W

        Apr 13, 2022 at 9:43 am

        You do realize that this whole thing is an elaborate joke that’s clearly gone over your head, right?

        • GMatt

          Apr 13, 2022 at 10:43 am

          I don’t think he got that….ROFL

        • Richard Douglas

          Apr 14, 2022 at 3:22 pm

          No, because it is utterly consistent with the regular drivel seen on this site. No reason to suspect this was any different, and I’m sure there are a LOT of readers disappointed that they can’t purchase one.

          The club might(?) be fake, but the disappointed reactions are very real. And very telling.

      • HR Fernández

        Apr 13, 2022 at 12:36 pm

        Take a breather, lol…

        Let me know where is your next PGA Tour start.

        Thanks!

  14. Hooded 4-Iron

    Apr 12, 2022 at 10:53 am

    I’m bummed. This would’ve been a perfect club to utilize at 3-Jack National when it opens.

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Freak incident leads LPGA pro to finish round putting with her wedge

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Golf viewers have seen plenty of tantrums on the golf course.

Go back to the likes of John Daly and Jon Rahm for not exactly hiding their frustrations with a bad shot, whilst the list of players throwing or damaging clubs is manifold. Indeed, just five days ago, recordings showed Grayson Murray snapping a club over his knee after a wayward approach at the US Open in Brookline.

It’s a bit more unusual on the womens’ tours, although Brooke Henderson put up a show at the 2018 KPMG PGA Championship when throwing her club on to her bag and snapping it, rendering it impossible to play with.

LPGA player Emma Talley isn’t in that league and usually takes it out on her putter by rapping it against her left foot. On Thursday, however, she damaged her flat stick on the 6th green at Congressional, scene of this season’s KPMG event, some four years after Henderson’s misdemeanour.

The former US Women’s Amateur champion admitted it surprised her, as she hadn’t rapped the club with that much force:

“I hit my putter on my toe, but it wasn’t even that hard. That’s why I’m so upset because I wish I would have broken it out of madness, but it wasn’t even that hard. That’s what sucked.”

TV coverage showed viewers the 28-year-old putting with a wedge from that moment on whilst Todd Garry of the PGA of America explained:

“So, Emma, on the 6th green, missed a short putt and kind of hit her foot with her putter, and she loosened the clubhead. She could continue to use it throughout her round but she decided to use her wedge, so she must replace….she has to get that fixed before starting her round tomorrow, but she could have kept using her putter.”

Coverage then showed Talley in tears after missing a gettable putt on the 8th, her 17th of the day, and finished 6-over, some four shots off the cut line.

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DP World Tour announces sanctions for LIV golfers…including heavy fines

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In a dramatic move by the DP World Tour, all players involved with the LIV Golf Series will be fined and banned from entering the Scottish Open in July.

With the highly-regarded tournament set to take place at the Renaissance Club for the fourth year in succession, many of the top players will have planned to use the event to prepare for The Open Championship, set to have its 150th running at St. Andrews, just a week later.

Whilst the R&A, the organisation with control of the final major, is allowing LIV players into the event, this seems to be a European version of the twists and turns in the United States, where LIV players were welcomed into the PGA Championship but shunned by the PGA Tour.

The DP World Tour will fine members that played at the opening LIV event at the Centurion Club to the tune of £100,000 and suspend all from both the Genesis Scottish Open and Barbasol Championship, held from July 7th-10th, and from the Barracuda Championship, taking place as an ‘opposite’ event to what should be a classic final major.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the DP World Tour, has not ruled out further action, his statement confirming that participation in further conflicting tournaments without the required release “may incur further sanctions.”

The Scottish Open is an event that has often enticed many of the live candidates for The Open, and can list both Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell as previous winners, the pair now banned from the event because of their participation in the inaugural LIV event.

The 2021 running saw Collin Morikawa finish down the field before coming on from the experience to win the Claret Jug, whilst joint runner-up Matt Fitzpatrick subsequently won the Andalucia Masters and, of course, the recent US Open at Brookline.

Whilst the amount of the fine is peanuts in comparison to the millions that has been offered to the likes of Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, this will go down well with players with the same mindset as Morikawa, Max Homa and Rory McIlroy, all of whom talk of history and tradition.

Indeed, the last-named and recent Canadian Open winner has labelled some of the breakaway players as “duplicitous”, a reference to the talk of ‘loyalty’ to the PGA Tour and a quick backtrack to signing for the Saudi-backed series.

Pelley was clear in his statement made earlier today:

“Every action anyone takes in life comes with a consequence and it is no different in professional sport, especially if a person chooses to break the rules. That is what has occurred here with several of our members.”

“Many members I have spoken to in recent weeks expressed the viewpoint that those who have chosen this route have not only disrespected them and our Tour but also the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf that has been the bedrock of our game for the past half a century and which will also be the foundation upon which we build the next 50 years.”

Pelley concludes, “Their actions are not fair to the majority of our membership and undermine the Tour, which is why we are taking the action we have announced today.”

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Xander Schauffele reveals why he turned down ‘obnoxious’ LIV money

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Xander Schauffele has been one of stars on the PGA Tour who’s been rumored to be a target of the LIV Golf series.

According to his interview with The Zach Gelb Show on CBS Sports Radio, he’s been steadfast in turning down the proposals of the Saudi-backed golf league.

“Yeah I’m here,” he said. “I met with Jay, we had a player meeting today. I met with Jay myself yesterday and I see myself right now trying to find a way to keep guys on the Tour versus being one to bail.”

“I’m very happy with what’s going on the Tour for the most part and I feel like there’s enough here. I know we’re competing against a big pot of money that’s sort of never ending, you can strike out a million times but there’s still gonna be on that plate swinging so it’s a hard competitor to go up against but I feel like there’s enough on this Tour and enough talent to make it the best in the world and keep it the best.”

“I’m not the first one to sit here and lie to somebody, the numbers being thrown around are very obnoxious. There are certain numbers that even fans of mine, if they looked at it and sit it they’d tell me I’m an idiot for not going, but right now, I’m 28-years-old, I want to win Major championships, I want to win PGA Tour events, and I really think we can make this product on the PGA Tour, it’s been the best and now there is competition, and we can keep it the best with the talent we have, we just kind of need to unify and keep it together.

“So to any one of my fans, words are words, and actions speak louder than words, and right now my actions are to stay on the tour and you’ll see me out here competing on the PGA Tour circuit.”

Of course, Brooks Koepka and others have said they were staying on the PGA Tour and ended up going to LIV anyway. Some users on Twitter pointed out Schauffele’s careful wording when answering the question.

@ToeTagginTambo pointed out that he used the words “right now” when describing his intentions to stay on the PGA Tour, but Xander has, at the very least, committed his immediate future to the PGA Tour.

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