Callaway has posted a lengthy statement to confirm they were fully against plans to rollback the golf ball but will now work together with golf's governing bodies to conform to the new rules in 2028.
The R&A and USGA today confirmed they will be updating the testing conditions for golf ball conformance from January 2028 at Tour level.
Existing golf balls approved for conformance in 2027 will then continue to be used by recreational golfers until January 2030 to give golfers, manufacturers and retailers additional time to adjust.
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Callaway President and CEO Chip Brewer sent an email to GolfMagic following today's update to confirm the brand would have preferred bifurcation but that ultimately the company will now get to work on redesigning and implementing new golf balls successfully to conform to the new rules by 2028.
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Here is Callaway's response in full:
"Undoubtedly, there will be a lot of further conversation around this subject; particularly regarding whether this decision is good for the game and if all parties associated with the game will adopt the new regulations. In the end, we believe the game will be best served by us all aligning behind a common set of rules and standards. Therefore, while we will always participate actively in the debate; when a final decision is made, we will align behind it. The game at large has never been stronger and we look forward to being a major part of growing both on and off course golf moving forward."
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