Nicklaus, Davis talk new golf ball testing


DUBLIN, Ohio – Jack Nicklaus recently spent some time walking Merion GC with U.S. Golf Association executive director Mike Davis, whose organization Nicklaus said was looking at a new round of golf ball testing.

While evaluating the site of the 2013 U.S. Open, Nicklaus said Davis told him the governing body would be partaking on a test that could be completed in short order.

Depending on the results of the test, Nicklaus said Davis would consider action that 'would not be a Band-Aid' solution.

In a statement to, Davis said talk of a new round of ball testing is not imminent.

“Distance remains a subject that we continue to monitor and discuss with the R&A, as well as with many leaders across the golf industry, including Jack,' Davis said. 'As part of that ongoing and regular process, we’ve been studying the ball for the last five years. It would be premature to speculate on any future plans beyond what we currently have underway.”

In August 2010, the USGA held a one-day tournament with a field of Canadian Tour players, asking them to play with a scaled-back prototype ball. This week, the Royal & Ancient will invite players in two Swedish cities to play using a similar prototype.