Matt Pringle has been with the USGA since 2000 after completing his doctoral thesis at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Pringle’s contributions to the USGA include the invention of the pendulum test for spring effect in drivers, the USGA TruFirm turf firmness measurement system used at all USGA championships as well as many other PGA TOUR and major golf championships. He is also the co-inventor of the USGA’s GrooveScan portable groove measurement system. He was also a leader of the USGA and R&A’s Distance Insights project. With the USGA’s Equipment Standards group for 16 years, Pringle launched a new group at the USGA called Research, Science, & Innovation (RSI) in 2016.
Beginning in 2020, Pringle began leading the USGA’s Green Section as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. The mission of the Green Section is to help golf course improve their golf experience while reducing the consumption of critical resources such as labor, water, nutrients, pesticides, and energy. Pringle graduated from Queen’s University (1993) in Kingston, Ontario, Canada with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He then joined the consulting engineering firm of Hatch Associates in Toronto, Ontario, Canada prior to pursuing his doctorate. Matt is married to Dr. Tracy Clarke-Pringle a process control expert with DuPont in Wilmington, DE. They have two young daughters, Campbell (age 14) and Reilly (age 12) and live in the historic city of Bordentown, NJ.