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A Solution In Search Of A Problem” – Golf Ball Companies Respond To Model Local Rule Proposal

A Solution In Search Of A Problem" - Golf Ball Companies Respond To Model Local Rule Proposal

The mainstream golf ball companies are now having their say on the proposals outlined by golf’s governing bodies planning to roll back the ball used in ‘elite competitions’. Titleist, Srixon, Callaway, TaylorMade and Bridgestone are the leading brands when it comes to golf ball usage on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour and all were reached out to for comment on the proposals by Golf Monthly.

The USGA and The R&A are now proposing to make available a Model Local Rule (MLR) whereby the Overall Distance Standard (ODS) limit of 317 yards (plus 3 yards tolerance) remains unchanged but balls will be tested at a new clubhead speed up from 120mph to 127mph, with different launch conditions more relevant to those that are optimum for today’s premium tour balls. As a result, manufacturers will likely be forced to make slower golf balls that will conform to the new rule that is expected to be enforced at all professional events worldwide from January 2026 and beyond. 



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