USGA to allow rangefinders in tournament play

Evan Blass
E. Blass|09.29.05

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Evan Blass
September 29th, 2005
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The U.S. Golf Association has made a major change to the Rules of Golf, for the first time allowing electronic rangefinders to be used during tournament play. These GPS- or laser-powered devices measure the precise distance to the pin from any location on the hole. While rangefinders have been used for years by amateurs, the new "local rule" will let individual clubs and courses decide whether or not they can be used in a tournament. The rationale for waiting this long to adopt the rule cited unfair technological advantages as well as the fear that eagle-eyed caddies would suffer a decreased demand for their services (hey, we still need someone to carry our bags, wash our balls, and tip the drink server, right?). We were momentarily excited by this loosening of the rules, until we realized that it will have absolutely no effect on our drunken-monkey swing.

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