TOUR PROS BARRED FROM US­ING GREEN MAPS

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The Golf Di­gest ar­ti­cle (Fe­bru­ary is­sue) on green maps cer­tainly stirred the R&A and USGA into ac­tion.Thank­fully for the good of the pro game, and its in­tegrity, they are propos­ing reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing the use of green-read­ing ma­te­ri­als, reaf­firm­ing the need for a player to read greens based on their own judg­ment, skill and abil­ity.The reg­u­la­tions will be fi­nalised in a pub­lished “in­ter­pre­ta­tion” of Rule 4.3 (Use of Equip­ment) and adopted 1Jan­uary2019,when­golf’snew rules take ef­fect.

David Rick­man, R&A Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Gov­er­nance, said,“We have looked care­fully at the use of these green-read­ing ma­te­ri­als and the ex­tremely de­tailed in­for­ma­tion they pro­vide and our view is that they tip the bal­ance too far away from the essen­tial skill and judge­ment re­quired to read sub­tle slopes on the greens. It is im­por­tant to be clear, how­ever, that we still re­gard the use of yardage books and hand­writ­ten notes to be an en­tirely ap­pro­pri­ate part of the game.” OLD SCHOOL, email

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