The R&A and USGA have announced new guidelines on what constitutes as a conforming golf ball, following years of studying the influence of striking distances on the game. The intention is to implement the changes in the professional game from 2028 and recreationally from 2030.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 18:49, UK


Golf’s governing organizations have announced a rule change that would limit the distance the ball can go, but how will the new laws affect players at all levels of the game? We explore the current situation, its causes, and potential implications for you.

What is going on, then?
For the first time since 2004, the definition of what constitutes a golf ball under the rules of golf is evolving. The R&A and USGA will update the testing conditions used for golf ball conformance under the Overall Distance Standard (ODS).

The governing bodies said in February 2020 they intended to “break the ever-increasing cycle of hitting distance” but admitted it could take years before solutions were


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