Tuesday, September 27, 2005

USGA, R&A Come Over to Tight Lies' Side

Well, sort of. The big news from the world of golf today is that the USGA and R&A have revised the "Decisions on the Rules of Golf," including a revision that allows for the use of rangefinders by Local Rule.

Those of you with good memories will recall that the Texas-based Tight Lies Tour began allowing rangefinders in its tournaments this year. In fact, the Tight Lies signed on SkyGolf GPS as an official sponsor.

In allowing rangefinders, the Tight Lies Tour became the first-ever professional golf tour to permit (not to mention encourage) the use of distance-measuring devices. And what was the reaction of the USGA at the time? I can't find the specific articles to link to, but I recall the reaction very well: the USGA was furious, and informed the Tight Lies Tour that it would no longer receive rules support from the governing body.

Now, the USGA (and R&A) have bowed to technology and, beginning in 2006, rangefinders will be legal so long as a Local Rule is in effect.

Here's more on the changes to the Decisions.

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