NEWS: Detailed Greens Maps Being Reviewed

Hideki Matsuyama looks over his greens map book earlier this year. (Photo Credit: Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports)

Now that they’re in the business of acting quickly, the USGA and the R&A may soon limit or take away the use of detailed greens map now being used by so many Tour players.

It’s become an almost routine part of the game these days – players mark their balls on the greens then whip out a small book and study the topography on the green. It’s allowed at the moment but the two ruling bodies issued a statement Monday indicating they are considering taking action on the matter.

“The R&A and the USGA believe that a player’s ability to read greens is an essential part of the skill of putting. Rule 14-3 limits the use of equipment and devices that might assist a player in their play, based on the principle that golf is a challenging game in which success should depend on the judgment, skills and abilities of the player,” the organizations wrote in a statement released Monday.
“We are concerned about the rapid development of increasingly detailed materials that players are using to help with reading greens during a round. We are reviewing the use of these materials to assess whether any actions need to be taken to protect this important part of the game. We expect to address this matter further in the coming months.”


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