From the Morning Read Inbox readers respond to recent articles surrounding golf gear compliance
It would seem to me that the R&A should have tested all Callaway Epic Flash drivers once they found that one was nonconforming. Otherwise, they are indeed saying that the player, Xander Schauffele, is a cheat.
If one Epic Flash driver was nonconforming, then common sense says either that Schauffele did something to make the driver nonconforming, or Callaway did. Without testing the other Epic Flash drivers in the field, the R&A pointed to the player. This not only was unfair but it also was inaccurate.
Callaway should be the one taking the heat, not Schauffele.
Stephen A. Durham
Glen Mills, Pa.
Pros must take responsibility for gear compliance
Plenty of other sports do post-testing of athletes/animals and will disqualify after an apparent placing (first through third).
There have been instances of stripping Olympic athletes and Tour de France winners years after they were awarded their medals. Whether they knowingly or unknowingly cheat the system, they should be DQ'd.
If they start a round with too many clubs, they are penalized additional strokes per hole played or are disqualified. It is not the manufacturer's or caddie’s fault but the golfer's responsibility.
Pro golfers acquire their tools (clubs, balls, etc.) and are responsible for their upkeep and conformance. If I were a professional golfer playing for millions of dollars and the various sponsorship contracts available after a victory, I would get my clubs tested regularly, especially before any major championship, to ensure that nothing is afoul.
The various professional-golf authorities around the world can do pre-, mid- or post-round testing, but the pro should know that his clubs conform.
Maybe this is a wakeup call to all professionals to get their equipment regularly checked for conformance during the year and take responsibility rather than pointing the finger elsewhere.
R&A should have tested all Callaway drivers
I assume that the random driver testing by the R&A at the British Open included those by different manufacturers. Tiger Woods, for example, said his TaylorMade passed (“From the Morning Read inbox,” July 22, July 23, July 24, July 25).
If the R&A found Xander Schauffele’s Callaway driver to be nonconforming, did officials test every Callaway driver?
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