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Distance Measuring Devices

There were several changes (111!) made to the interpretations of the Rules of Golf for 2006 and beyond.  One of the changes most likely to affect us in our day-to-day play is the change involving the use of Distance Measuring Devices. 


Prior to this year, the use of any type of device that would measure distances on the golf course was prohibited.  For 2006 and beyond, the USGA and the R&A have sanctioned the use of distance measuring devices, including GPS-based systems and laser rangefinders.  A new Decision - 14-3/0.5 allows a Committee to permit the use of distance-measuring devices by Local Rule.  This applies to devices that measure distance only, not any other conditions that might affect a player's play (e.g. wind or gradient).  The important thing to remember is that the use of distance measuring devices is permitted only by Local Rule.  In the absence of such a Local Rule, the use of a distance-measuring device remains contrary to the Rules of Golf. 


With this in mind, the Board of the VSWGA has agreed to allow the use of distance measuring devices in all VSWGA sponsored events, including State Days and any VSWGA Championship.  This will immediately become a part of the VSWGA Conditions of Competition which govern all of our tournament play.  A copy of the Conditions of Competition can be found on the website and will be available at all State Days and Championships.