On 2/2, the American Golf Association (USGA) and Royal & Ancient (R&A) announced a plan to “fight against” in professional golf.

The plan includes three proposed changes to the club, ball, and match device eligibility testing procedure along with the related “six matters of concern”.

Nearly a year ago, USGA and R&A – two organizations that manage and develop golf – published their research on professional golf ball gaps. They conclude this uptrend in this expertise is concerned with and possibly undermining the strategic core of golf.

The fact that golfers like Bryson DeChambeau have raised the ball's long kick can undermine golf's core value.  Photo: Golf Digest

The fact that golfers like Bryson DeChambeau have raised the ball’s long kick can undermine golf’s core value. Image: Golf Digest

And yesterday’s draft is a new step forward in action program after a hiatus because of Covid-19. “This problem does not arise temporarily and we want to solve it thoroughly, not sketchily, quickly”, USGA CEO Mike Davis confirmed during the information release.

Three recommendations for game equipment modifications include reducing the maximum tee-driver length from 48 inches to 46 inches (1 inch equals 2.54 cm), ball properties and front club bounce test solution.

Meeting with producers took place today 1/2. The response time is 30 days for the clubshaft and six months for the inspection process. USGA and R&A also noted that the new club length standard applies only to professional and high performing amateurs.

The “six issues of concern” cover many aspects with the common goal of limiting distance, most notably reducing the clubface bounce effect, clubface volume, center of gravity and inertia, ball specifications (weight, size).

Based on the new standards, the organizers of each tournament have the right to activate their own rules of playing equipment suitable for the field. And when hitting shorter, top players will have to work hard to use other skills to handle the pitch.

The comment period for this section is until early November this year.

The average tee shot on the PGA Tour is currently 295.6 yards. If new barrier technology is applied, this stat is expected to decrease by about 30 yards.

In 2020, the USGA recorded an increase of 3.1 yards from the previous year, the average tee shot at the PGA Tour, similar to the Champions League, 6.9 yards in the European Tour and the LPGA Tour down 5.5 yards.

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