Golf to limit ball flight by 2028: the new rules


Golf to limit ball flight by 2028: the new rules
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Golf has decided to move away from the display of strength in the game with the clubs. It is not to contradict the spectacle or the trend of a sport previously reserved for virtuosos, but because of the need to put a limit on the excessive technological race that was making the courses obsolete, forcing the purchase of extra hectares for a new design and threatening with an imminent end.

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Starting in 2028 in the professional field and 2030 in the amateur field, ball manufacturers will face more rigorous and limiting regulations imposed by the US Golf Association (USGA) and the R&A, the bodies in charge of the rules.

of the game. Consequently, balls, previously measured with a clubhead speed of 120 miles per hour, and which had to be kept within a maximum range of 317 miles and with a margin of error of 3 miles, must now be measured with a clubhead speed of 120 miles per hour.

of 125, reducing the flight of the ball. Additionally, the ball's spin speed will be reduced from 2,520 revolutions per minute (rpm) to 2,200 and the launch angle will be adjusted from 10 to 11 degrees. In pursuit of fairness in golf, it is estimated that the decision made regarding drivers will result in a decrease of 13 to 15 yards (11-13 meters) for players with greater club swing power, while competitors The average woman will experience a loss of between 9 and 11 yards, and professional women will lose between 5 and 7 yards.

In the case of amateur golfers, the reduction will be minimal, with a loss of just 4 meters. The PGA Tour has expressed satisfaction with hearing their recommendations, although it suggests that the proposed increase in test clubhead speed to 125 mph is excessive relative to the rate of growth seen in the radar data.

of the PGA Tour. The sphere is not the only topic on which we will work together to ensure the future of golf, since starting in 2024, drivers will be investigated in depth, with the main objective of achieving a point of consensus.

The rules of golf are relatively complicated compared to other sports because they are applied outdoors, close to nature and animals. Respect for the rules is a basic element in the game of golf, which, almost always based on the self-control and free conscience of the players, often sees distorted results, consciously at times, but often unconsciously or through carelessness, due to non-compliance on the part of many players of the game rules.

In addition to rules, golf adheres to a code of conduct, known as etiquette, which generally means playing the round with due respect for the golf course and other players. Etiquette is an essential component of this sport.