October 6, 2014
After a six-week feedback period, the governing bodies for the Rules of Golf have revealed their final (for now) interpretation on the use of green-reading materials used in golf. The finalized ruling will be part of the new Rules of Golf which take effect on January 1, 2019.
According to a statement by the R&A and the USGA, which presumably will also be adopted by Golf Canada, they say the clarification to Rule 4.3 (Use of Equipment) - "reaffirms the governing bodies’ view that the ability of golfers to read greens using their own judgment is an essential skill that should be maintained, and defines how such materials may be used."
The use of the materials in highly enlarged versions had become a point of concern in regards to how much assistance they were providing the player in their ability to make putts, and for some, regarding their effect on the pace of play.
The new interpretation limits the size and scale of detailed putting-green maps and any similar electronic or digital materials that a player may use during a round to assist with reading his or her line of play on the putting green.
“These latest modifications provide very…
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