Thursday, December 13, 2007



Thousands of golfers are being urged to seek professional advice to avoid collecting a driving ban in the New Year.
The introduction of new rules by golf's governing body - the R&A - could even see golfers disqualified from club tournaments if their driver flouts the incoming regulation, which comes into force on January 1.
In the rush to the beat the deadline - six years after the initial announcement - PGA professionals around the country have been passing on their expertise to help golfers fall foul of the new rule.
"We have been informing our members regularly over the last three months that certain drivers will be banned," said PGA professional Peter Hunt."There have been plenty of enquiries, with at least eight a day calling in to get their driver checked out.
"Most of the golfers seem on the ball as they have had the last six years to prepare for this. But there will still be those who have illegal clubs from next month and the last thing you want is to get caught so I'd certainly recommend getting it checked out."
The new rule was announced in 2002, when the R&A took action to eradicate the technological advances in clubs and their 'spring-effect' club heads.The R&A have produced a list of all conforming and non-conforming drivers on their website, but for pure peace of mind all golfers are being encouraged to get their driver checked by their PGA club professional.
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