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General LongDrivers Forum / Re: Hitter Update 2/19/2020
« Last post by supajsn98 on February 20, 2020, 04:08:18 PM »
Thanks a lot for the info its greatly appreciated! Cool to hear of a chance to qualify for the Clash in the canyon.

I honestly feel that it was easier to get into the Pro level events last year because it was not limited to world ranking points. There were many hitters ranked outside of the top 100, even some that were unranked, that were able to participate in the pro events when they expanded the field to more hitters. Not saying they performed well in the event, but it was possible to participate. Seems like a step backwards to go back to the top 52 and then go in order from there until the spots are full. Yes, nice to be able to earn a spot from a previous qualifier... BUT what happens if you win the Yuca qualifier and earn a spot in the Clash in the Canyon. Unless you win that pro event you will not have enough points to be in the top 52 so it is not a guarantee that you get into another pro event all year and since you won the qualifier in Yuca you can't enter qualifier events for the rest of the season. How do you earn points the rest of the season or hit against quality competition?

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General LongDrivers Forum / Re: Hitter Update 2/19/2020
« Last post by Bigmajestic on February 20, 2020, 02:36:14 PM »
Thanks a lot for the info its greatly appreciated! Cool to hear of a chance to qualify for the Clash in the canyon.
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General LongDrivers Forum / Hitter Update 2/19/2020
« Last post by supajsn98 on February 19, 2020, 02:03:35 PM »
New update out with some additional details...

World Long Drive Hitters,

We are coming up on the first global Q-Series event in Thailand, the first Military Long Drive qualifier at MacDill Air Force Base and the first Q-Series event in Yucca Valley, California. This will be the first time to see several updates for the 2020 season including a new golf ball, hitting six golf balls vs. eight, a new Code of Conduct, a new World Championship location and more. Below are some quick updates for the season:

WLD Hype Video – we are excited to share a new hype video for the WLD season featuring the band “Oh The Larceny.” This video made its debut at the WLD Global Summit. It was posted a few moments ago on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. It can also be found on the Golf Channel’s YouTube site. We encourage you to share and tag @worldlongdrive!
 
Clash in the Canyon in Mesquite – we are pleased to return to a grid that ranks among the hitter’s favorites. This will be a non-televised WLD Tour-level event with full prize purse for the Open, Women’s and Masters Divisions. Registration will open on March 10. The final dates are confirmed.
April 15-16           Q-Series
April 17-18           Open Division – Tour Event (2-day format)
April 19                 Women’s & Masters Divisions
 
Tour Registration Process – Hitters will no longer need the fastest internet connection to get into WLD Tour events. All Hitters may pre-register and then entries will be granted to the highest ranked 52 Hitters based on the world rankings at the time of registration opening. The remaining two slots will come from a new “play in” process from select Q-Series locations. For example, two spots from Yucca Valley will earn a spot at the Clash in the Canyon. Hitters ranked 53rd or higher must also pre-register and they will go on a waiting list which will be viewable on the website. We will then fill the field based on world ranking going from 53, 54, 55, and so on, until the field is full. Any hitters who don’t get into the event will receive a full refund of their registration.
 
Q-Series Registration Timeline – Registration for all North American Q-Series events posted on our website will open on Feb. 26. The 8th and final Q-Series event will be confirmed in the near future.
 
Masters – there will be two Tour events featuring Masters this season – Clash in the Canyon and the ROC City Rumble – in addition to the World Long Drive Championship.
 
Anti-Doping – while I’m extremely pleased this topic has sparked great conversation, there are wildly varying rumors about the upcoming anti-doping program. To reiterate what I said at the Kickoff in Orlando, the education session with USADA at the WLD Kickoff was simply an initial education session. There is not a published timeline for testing, so any rumor you hear is false because an exact timeline has not been published outside of plans to begin testing this season. Our plan is to roll-out an online and in-person education program to put athletes and the sport in the best position possible to be successful. Last week, we had an operational planning session with USADA and we will lay out a full plan on what to expect in the coming weeks. In the meantime, simply familiarize yourself with USADA materials:
www.usada.org
www.globaldro.com
 
Top Flite Bomb – the new WLD golf ball will be offered at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy and DicksSportingGoods.com. Most stores will have it March 1, with some individual stores carrying the ball now. In most cases, the golf balls will be $35 for a 24-pack, with stores having the flexibility for sales and promotions. We will hit the same ball for WLD events that is sold at retail.
 
Military Long Drive Qualifiers – a series of dates and locations for Military Long Drive qualifiers are now posted at https://www.worldlongdrive.com/2020-military-qualifiers/. We are pleased to announce the addition of Veterans to be eligible to participate this year.  The Military Long Drive series will serve as a qualifier for the Exchange Celebrating Service: Fort Jackson tour event at Fort Jackson, S.C., with the winner earning an exemption into the Open Division of the 2020 World Long Drive Championship.
 
New WorldLongDrive.com – we have launched an updated website with a new look. The site is optimized for mobile users as the first priority. For the best experience, please use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as the browser, as Microsoft is longer supporting Internet Explorer.
 
Thanks to Trey, Welcome Doug & Maddie – we are excited to share that Trey Herring earned a great opportunity within Golf Channel to work on our Golf Pass team. It was an opportunity for professional growth and we are excited for him, even though it means leaving the WLD team. We also want to thank him for his passion and support of WLD! Doug Brown may be a familiar name to some of you as he has worked on WLD in its early Golf Channel days. Doug, along with Maddie Echelson, will jump in and support WLD from the marketing side. We will provide contact info for Doug & Maddie after we complete the internal transition.
 
See you soon as we start the new season!

Matt Farrell
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General LongDrivers Forum / Re: New Wld ball
« Last post by Bama.drew on February 18, 2020, 08:11:51 PM »
Thanks lance
👍🏻👍🏻
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General LongDrivers Forum / Re: New Wld ball
« Last post by KGPRES on February 15, 2020, 07:00:42 PM »
So great to see Incepta is rolling. It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. I was told by Anthony that the ball compression is 110 and the colored competition balls are the same as the white balls that will be sold at Dick’s starting March 1st. They are a two piece ball with I believe is a softer cover. A few hitters have said it is about 3 mph slower than last years Volvik ball which was very fast. I believe it is a straight flying ball and is going to be a good ball for competition. For the first time in LD history, we all can practice with the ball we are going to be competing with. Time to start Long Driving!!!

Hello Roach. Thanks for keeping this going.

Lance Reader
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General LongDrivers Forum / New Wld ball
« Last post by Bigmajestic on February 03, 2020, 11:07:32 AM »
Is the new ball a different Bomb design? Previously the Top Flite Bomb was low compression I believe. I would think itd be too soft for the swingspeeds being put up now.
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General LongDrivers Forum / Re: WLD Kickoff
« Last post by toddo77 on January 22, 2020, 09:37:12 AM »
BIGMAGESTIC asks----
Are they actually going to drug test this year?

 "Anti-Doping – provide education and a preview of the program for 2020"
----is all that the brilliant minds could come up with at this point as they watch so many of the top level guys cycle their programs around their injection days!!!   Its incredible to sit back and continue to watch the allowed CHEATING & obvious overlook of this situation still...
test at events and even at unannounced times for those who compete regularly now still on this facade of a tour they have...    its all about the $$ now...

Toddo


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General LongDrivers Forum / Re: WLD Kickoff
« Last post by beasty on January 22, 2020, 07:40:30 AM »
Clearly not
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General LongDrivers Forum / Re: WLD Kickoff
« Last post by Bigmajestic on January 21, 2020, 11:09:21 PM »
Are they actually going to drug test this year?
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General LongDrivers Forum / WLD Kickoff
« Last post by supajsn98 on January 21, 2020, 08:47:20 AM »
They held the WLD Kickoff yesterday at the PGA Merchandise show in Orlando (I did not go, before you ask) and sent the following info out afterwards, thought I would share as there are quite a few changes this year. If anyone is interested in the attachments that were sent out PM me your email address and I will forward what was sent out, there was a 27 page slide show that goes a long with the list below.

Some of the big take aways:
Thackerville out at Championship host and Cog Hill in Chicago will host this year. They are also taking sets down from 8 balls to 6! I like this change a lot.
Volvik out and the Top Flite Bomb in as official ball.
I am a little disappointed that there were no "old school" hitters elected into the advisory panel. I thought Zuback would be in for sure, though he is included in the Master's Division hitter on the WLD page and I don't remember he being there the last few years.

Below is a summary of the key items shared during the WLD Kickoff meeting in January 2020:
1. WLD Championship 2020 – headed to the #3 media market in the U.S. – Chicago!
2. Q-Series – update branding and added a “Play In” for Tour events at select locations
3. Event Incentives – incentivize partners to run events by granting world ranking points
4. WLD Championship – expand the Open field to 112 to increase global and grassroots
participation and reward top Hitters in world rankings
5. WLD Global Summit – 12 countries participating in summit in London
6. Asia – add a new Q-Series in six Chinese cities along with Thailand and Japan
7. Top Flite – new ball to be used at Q-Series, Tour and WLDC and available at retail
8. 6 Golf Balls – change from 8 to 6 balls at Q-Series, Tour and WLDC to put a premium on
accuracy, create faster action and reduce fatigue
9. Match Play Alternate Shot – change to “two on the box” alternating drives to create
greater head-to-head action
10. New Sponsors – adding Stratusphere Gin (the perfect name for WLD!) and Top Flite
11. Digital Content – adding a pre-game show to Tour telecasts and launching new web site
12. Women’s Participation – partner with Amateur Long Drive on a women’s camp & event
13. Advisory Panel – creation of a new athlete advisory group with Alexis Belton, Martin
Borgmeier, Eddie Fernandes, Phillis Meti, Ryan Reisbeck and Ryan Steenberg
14. Coach Access – creation of a formal policy to provide coach access to the range and
promote coach availability on the web site
15. Event Policies – expanded CT testing of equipment & align with USGA on tee equipment
16. Code of Conduct – expanded policy with infractions and appeal process
17. Masters World Ranking – release of a top 10 world ranking
18. Hitter Perks – creation of incentives to reward performance and differentiate top
Hitters, such as a Tour card, VIP access, digital content and more
19. Anti-Doping – provide education and a preview of the program for 2020
20. Sportradar Partnership – first step of education toward legalized gambling

JB
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