USGA and the R&A, big news about the balls


USGA and the R&A, big news about the balls
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According to Golf Digest, several sources agree that the USGA and the R&A will announce next week their decision to make the balls less efficient in terms of distance.

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A simple adjustment in the calibration of the robot that tests the conformity of the balls on the market will have important consequences in the practice of golf, whatever the level of the player.

By making most of the balls played by professionals and recreational players obsolete, the two bodies that govern world golf, the USGA in the United States and the Royal and Ancient in St Andrews, will cause a real earthquake.

To be more specific, by increasing the swing speed of the test robot from 120 to 125 mph and maintaining the maximum distance limit allowed (317 yards or 290 meters), this will force manufacturers to reconsider their strategy.

The logical consequence of a 5 mph speed increase is a ball flight of 15 additional yards. Which will cause the limit distance line to be crossed and, therefore, the feared non-compliance with the rules. Original: A l'origine, ce changement, qui ne serait mis en place qu'en 2028, ne devait concerner que les joueurs elites des circuits professionnels ou de très high level amateur.

Mais selon Golf Digest, l'announce attendue will impact all the balls of the march and aura des répercussions à tous les étages. Rewritten: Initially, this change, which would be implemented only in 2028, was only going to affect elite players on professional or high-level amateur circuits.

However, according to Golf Digest, the expected announcement will impact all balls on the market and will have repercussions at all levels. The scope of the measure will be broad and will affect the entire golf industry. The Rules of Golf are a set of standard rules and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played.

They are jointly written and administered by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body of golf throughout the world, outside of the United States and Mexico, which are the jurisdiction of the United States Golf Association.

An expert commission made up of members of the R&A and USGA oversees and refines the rules every four years. The latest revision is effective January 1, 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that improve understanding and those that in certain cases reduce penalties to ensure balance.

The rule book, entitled "Rules of Golf", is published on a regular basis and also includes rules governing amateur status. In Italy it is up to Federgolf to supervise the competitions by enforcing the rules issued by the R & A, checking that these rules are observed by the Clubs, Associations and their members and managing the resulting sporting justice, protecting their interests abroad.