Xtreme Long Drive™
(XLD™) Championship Series Rules and Guidelines
1.0 Eligibility Statement
Any amateur or professional player over the age of 18 is eligible. Amateurs must declare their Amateur Status and thereby waive any rights to a purse to maintain their amateur status. We follow the USGA Guidelines regarding Amateur Status. HERE. See also Rule 1.2 below..
1.2 Amateur Competition in XLD™
Any amateur player may enter an XLD™ competition and protect their amateur status by declaring said amateur status upon entry thereby waiving rights to any share of the purse. Any player who fails to properly declare amateur status shall be considered a professional long driver. (Only players over the age of 18 may be classified as professionals)
1.3 League and Regional (Series) Tournaments
XLD™ World Championship points are only allocated for specified XLD” Tour “Series” events. Those Series events are restricted to ULD™ Regional Majors for the 2019/2020 season (September 1, 2019 – August 31st, 2020).
ULD™ League Beta Events for XLD™
Certain “league” level events will hold XLD™ “beta” tournaments during the 2019/2020 season. 2019/2020 League events will not allocate XLD™ points.
XLD™ competition will begin at the league level across all Ultimate Long Drive territories beginning September, 2020.
2.0 XLD™ Membership / License Required to Register for Events
All competitors must be XLD™ members and hold a current XLD™ Tour Card to register for events, and to be eligible to transfer to the Series Championship. The annual Tour Card renews on September 1 each year. Tour Cards may be purchased online (HERE on this website) or at the event. Event purchases will include a temporary card and license number. Permanent cards with a unique competition number will be mailed to competitors.
2.1 Pathway To The XLD™ World Championship
Competitors may qualify for the XLD™ World Championship via World Ranking Points, League Competition (begins Sept 1, 2020), and / or Major Qualifiers. The World Ranking Points leaders on August 1st, 2020, in each (Open Men and Open women) division will receive and invitation to the World Championship. The winners of each division in each league (begins Sept 1, 2020) will receive an invitation along with the top three of each division at each Regional Major Qualifier.
2.2 League Competition
XLD™ Championship World players will be able to compete as professionals in existing leagues for the 2020/2021 season. Leagues operate in multiple territories across the U.S. and abroad.
2.3 Major Qualifying Events
There will be Regional Major Qualifiers each season in the USA and Canada. Regionals provide players outside league territories an opportunity to compete in the series. XLD™ players with a valid Tour Card may compete in any and all Regional Majors.
XLD™ divisions shall include Open Men, Open Women, and Masters.
2.5 Division Ages
XLD™ Open Competition is open to ages 18 and up.
XLD™ Masters Competition is open o players 45 years old and up.
2.5.1 Effective Age
The effective age for competition is based on player’s age on September 1st.
Golf clubs must appear on the United States Golf Association USGA® Conforming List. Clubs on the USGA® Non-conforming list will not be allowed. Golf clubs must conform to the USGA® Rules of Golf (appendix ll, 1c), which limits golf club length to a maximum of forty-eight inches (48”). All competitors are required to have their clubs inspected and cleared before competition. Clubs will be measured on a Mitchell Golf CLUBLENGTH Measuring Ruler. We have no idea how this compares to any other method of measurement. Clubs that are longer than 48″ on this device will need to be corrected and cleared before competition.
3.1 Golf Ball
Players are required to hit the golf ball provided by XLD™ at all events. Players are required to ensure their XLD™ issued balls are visible at all times on the hitting tee.
Any tee up to 4″ in length is allowed in XLD™ competition. Tees are normally not provided. Competitors are required to bring their own tees.
4.0 Scoring / Measurement / Official Yardages
Official Yardages will be determined utilizing grid workers, Leupold laser rangefinder equipment, and / or physical yardage markers. In events and qualifiers where laser range finders are utilized, grid workers positioned along the sides of the grid will mark the longest ball for each hitter in each group by standing over the ball wearing a color-matched vest. An XLD™ official will record the (laser calculated) distance from the tee box to the grid worker.
4.1 Scoring Ties
At A League Or Qualifying Event – (For Standings & Points Allocation considerations) Any two recorded drives within a division round within six inches (6”) of each other are considered a tie.
First Tie Breaker – Combined yardage of the longest drives of each player in all rounds of competition.
Second Tie Breaker – Playoff – In the event there are two or more such confirmed yardages recorded, those tied players will hit four (4) additional balls in one minute and thirty seconds (1:30) (Playoff) to determine the final winning drive. A playoff will continue until a winner is determined. If one of the players is not present for the playoff, the player present will be deemed the winner.
At The World Championship – Any two recorded drives within a division round within six inches (6”) of each other are considered a tie. In the event there are two or more such confirmed yardages recorded, those tied players will hit four (4) additional balls in one minute and thirty seconds (1:30) (Playoff) to determine the final winning drive. A playoff will continue until a winner is determined. If one of the players is not present for the playoff, the player present will be deemed the winner.
5.0 Starting Time
There will be no set time for competition by division…only an order of competition at league events. Major qualifiers and world championship events will have target starting times by division posted in advance. It is the players’ responsibility to be ready to compete when his or her division is called to the tee, and failure to do so will result in disqualification from competition.
6.0 Weather Conditions
XLD™ cannot guarantee weather conditions or constant playing conditions as the result of weather. Every effort will be made to complete all competitions while ensuring the safety of competitors. If conditions become unplayable, XLD™ reserves the right to shorten or alter the format in effort to complete an official competition. XLD™ will not issue refunds to any player if severe weather conditions shorten or alter the competition format.
7.0 Conduct / Etiquette /Attire
Players and their guests shall conduct themselves in a responsible manner at all times. Proper golf etiquette is required during all levels of competitions. At no time will disorderly conduct, abusive language, intoxication, possession of firearms, and/or possession of any illegal substance be tolerated. Violations of this section shall be cause for immediate expulsion form XLD™ competitions and forfeiture of all monies paid, if any. The XLD™ has the right to refuse service to any player or guest for improper etiquette.
Attire while in competition is up to the venue hosting the event. Most competition venues are at golf courses, so one can assume normal golf attire will usually be required. XLD™ reserves the right to disallow any attire deemed unfit for competition.
8.0 Qualifying Drives
Each player will be scored based on their longest drives. Qualifying drives must come to rest inside the grid. A ball that lands outside the grid and rolls or bounces in, or lands inside the grid, rolls or bounces out, and back into the grid is a qualifying drive.
Qualifying Yardage – To qualify (at a Regional Major) for the World Championship, a “Qualifying yardage” will be established based upon conditions at that location on the day of competition.
Clarification: Drives that exceed the length of the grid shall qualify if (in the opinion of the XLD™ official) are within the established grid width using his/her best judgement. In the event two or more qualifying drives exceed the grid, and measurement of those drives are necessary to determine round transfers or wins, the XLD™officials will use their best judgement to determine the winner.
8.1 Lost Balls That Appear To Be In the Grid
Although extremely rare (appx 1 in 5000), occasionally balls that appear to be inside the grid are not found. Whether plugged, or otherwise hidden from view, it happens. Every effort shall be made to find and score all balls deemed in the grid, but in the case of a ball lost in the grid, the next longest ball will be scored.
9.0 Competition Timing
Players will have two (2) minutes to attempt six (6) shots in most league and qualifying rounds. There will be certain competition and championship rounds where players will have three (3) minutes to hit eight (8) balls. Practice shots are not allowed on the tee box. Contact with the ball constitutes an attempt. A swing and a miss is not an attempt.
10.0 On The Tee Box
Players must have all balls (6 or 8) visible to the scoring officials before the clock begins and may tee only one ball prior to the starting the clock, and only one at a time during the set.
11.0 Recording Drives
Only a player’s longest Qualified Drive will be measured and recorded.
12.0 League / Series Format
The XLD™ Championship Series includes League / Series play, Regional Major Qualifiers, Special Events, and The World Championship.
The league / Series format allows players to compete in multiple events within an established territory (league) for World Ranking Points (WRP) applied to participating age and ability divisions. League / Series Division winners receive an invite to the World Championship.
12.1 Declaration of Home League / Series
At the beginning of the season or upon registration, all players shall choose a “Home” League / Series from options available at that time, or select “Unassigned” for the purpose of applying points accumulation to a specific League / Series performance.
League / Series points are ONLY applied to tournaments played within the player’s “Home” League / Series.
12.2 Playing In League/ Series Outside “Home”
Any player, including unassigned players may compete in any League / Series that is sanctioned by XLD™. World Ranking Points are accumulated at all events, but are not applied to the players “Home” League / Series ranking for tournaments played outside his/her “Home” League / Series.
12.3 League / Series Tournament Procedure
Before the competition, via blind draw (and / or seeding), XLD™ officials will divide the field (by division) into groups of (up to) four (4) players. Smaller fields will be accommodated. Format and groups may be adjusted according to the XLD™ official’s decision. Each group will hit at least two (2) sets of six (6) balls to determine the winner in each division. League Points and World Ranking Points will be awarded based upon the results of the final competition. Only those “claiming” the host league as their “Home” will be awarded League Points. Unassigned players (see 12.2) and those competing outside their Home League are permitted to compete in any league event, and shall receive World Ranking Points, and therefore no League Points shall be applied. At the end of the League season, the winner (most League Points) of each division will automatically transfer to the World Championship.
13.0 Regional Major Qualifiers
Regional Major Qualifiers are open to all XLD™ Tour Card members. Any player may compete in any Regional Major Qualifier whether or not he / she is competing in a League / Series. These events are categorized as Regional Major Qualifiers and pay double World Ranking points.
13.1 Automatic Transfer To The Series Championship (Please note: This rule may change from season to season based upon participation)
There are slots allotted for the winners in all Regional Major divisions at the XLD™ Sereis Championship. The winners at all Regional Major Qualifiers will automatically receive an invite to the annual XLD™ Series Championship. Winners will have one week after receipt of the invitation to accept and commit to the Championship. Invitations are sent individually at the end of the regular season. If a division winner is unable to attend the World championship, the invitation shall be extended to alternate and/or wild card choices until that allotted slot is filled.
13.2 Double Points
Regional Major Qualifiers pay double World Ranking Points (WRP).
13.3 Qualifier Tournament Procedure
Before the competition, via blind draw (and / or seeding), XLD™ officials will divide the field (by division) into groups of (up to) four (4) players. Smaller fields will be accommodated. Format and groups may be adjusted according to the XLD™ official’s decision. Each group will hit three(3) sets of six(6) balls (in 2 minutes) to determine the leaders in each division. Additional (buy-in) Sets (see below 13.4) are allowed a certain tournaments where/when time allows.
13.4 Additional Sets
At the end of the rounds of six (6), there will be a ten (10) minute buy-in period when any competitor may buy additional sets to better their longest drive. They may buy multiple set during the ten minute period. No buy-ins will be allowed after that period regardless of outcome.
14.0 Invitations To The Series Championship
15.0 XLD™ Series Championship
Participation in the Series Championship is earned through accumulation of World Ranking Points, League competition, and Regional Major competition. (See 14.0 – 14.7)
15.1 Division Series Championship Format
Division Series Championship are awarded to the winners of each XLD™ division competing in the tournament.
15.2 Competition Rounds
Day one of the Series Championship begins with eliminations called Competition Rounds. All players that have earned their invitation to the World Championship will proceed through the Competition / Elimination Rounds to determine who transfers to the Championship Rounds on day two. Competition round schedules and details will be provided at the World Championship.
15.3 Championship Rounds
Championship Rounds begin in the afternoon of the second day of World Championship competition. Those who have transferred into the Championship Rounds will be competing for their “Division” World Championship.
15.4 Competition & Championship Rounds Format
Before the competition, via blind draw (and / or seeding), XLD™ officials will divide the field (by division) into groups of (up to) four (4) players. Smaller fields will be accommodated. Format and groups may be adjusted according to participation and the XLD™ official’s decision. Players will compete in up to two (2) Competition Rounds and/or at least one (1) Final / Championship Round based upon total participation in each division. Transfer from Competition Rounds to the Championship Rounds will include up to four (4) competitors. Adjustment may be made based upon participation of larger divisions. Competition format (at the XLD™ official’s discretion) may include hitting up to two (2) sets of 6 balls in two (2) minute sets or single sets of eight (8) balls in three (3) minute sets. The Championship Round winner in each division will be crowned (Year) XLD™ Series Champion.
16. World Ranking Points System
16.1 XLD™ full competition membership (Tour Card) is required to receive competition points.
16.2 Points are only awarded at XLD™ Sanctioned Events
16.3 XLD™ World Ranking resets at the beginning of each season (no points are carried over from season to season)
The system awards bonus points to top 20 in each division.
17.1 Leagues and Regional Qualifiers
Sixty Percent (60%) of the combined total entry per division will be paid back to up to the top three positions.
17.3 Series Championship
At least sixty percent (60%) of the combined total entry per division (as a minimum) will be paid back to up to the top three positions.