‘Someone Explain This’: USGA’s Latest Shocking Update Leaves Golf Fans In Fumes

Published 03/14/2023, 11:55 AM EDT

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The world of golf is currently going through some really surprising changes. Be it the updates in the OWGR system, or LIV Golf allowing their players to wear shorts in professional tournaments, there is so much happening right now. But that is not all. Adding to these unexpected changes in the game, the USGA recently took a major step in making things harder for golfers. And confused golf fans are giving all kinds of reactions to it on Twitter!

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USGA confirms its decision to roll back golf balls

The USGA, along with the R&A recently, made a groundbreaking announcement that has shocked netizens worldwide. As per their latest decision, they will be proposing a new golf ball testing standard targeted toward elite players. It means that the performance of golfers will be affected by nearly 20-30 yards in each shot.

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The equipment manufacturers have already been notified about the change. As per sources, the golf stakeholders will be giving their much-valued feedback by August this year. However, the changes are expected to be implemented starting January 1, 2026. This means, players still have a deadline of nearly 3 years to get themselves ready to to be accommodated to these changes.

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Fans react to USGA and R&A’s latest announcement

As expected, most fans were confused after reading about the new rolling-back golf ball updates. And therefore, numerous fans wanted to know what the announcement exactly implied. Here is how some of them reacted:

On the other hand, there were fans who decided to explain what the changes indicated. According to some of them, the rollback would result in a 15-yard reduction in the range.

Surprisingly, there were some who agreed to the plan and said it was good enough for players like Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy. 

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Well, there have been no reactions from professional golfers about the announcement yet. But given that the equipment they use to play is far more advanced than that of amateur golfers, it doesn’t seem so unfair after all. No matter what the elite players would think, this will still act as an advantage for the beginners on the field! But it is definitely confusing for the fans. What are your thoughts about the announcement? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Joydeep Singh

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Joydeep Singh is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor's degree in Business Management, he possesses a writing experience of more than four years now. Having picked up on following golf for quite some time now, his favorite is the legendary Tiger Woods, whose games he just does not miss.
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