Matt Pringle, Ph.D.

Senior Director, USGA Research, Science and Innovation


Matt Pringle has been with the USGA since 2000 after completing his doctoral thesis at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Matt’s contributions to the USGA include the invention of the pendulum test for spring effect in drivers and 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. Matt is the inventor or co-inventor on seven United States patents related to golf. In 2010 he was named to Sports Illustrated’s GOLF’s “40 Under 40: The 40 most influential people in golf under 40.”

Matt 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 prior to pursuing his doctorate.

Matt is married to Dr. Tracy Clarke-Pringle, a process control expert with DuPont in Wilmington, Del. They have two young daughters, Campbell (age 10) and Reilly (age 9) and live in the historic city of Bordentown, N.J.