PGA Of America To Allow Rangefinders In Its Major Championships

The organisation says that rangefinders will be allowed to help with the flow of play during its three Majors this year

PGA Of America To Allow Rangefinders
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The organisation says that rangefinders will be allowed to help with the flow of play during its three Majors this year

PGA Of America To Allow Rangefinders In Its Major Championships

The PGA of America has announced that rangefinders will be allowed in its three Major championships this year.

That means that the men's, women's and senior PGA Championships will permit the use of distance measuring devices (DMDs), which will most likely to be lasers across the board.

The organisation says that they are being introduced to help with the 'flow of play' during the events.

“We’re always interested in methods that may help improve the flow of play during our championships,” said Jim Richerson, president of the PGA of America.

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“The use of distance-measuring devices is already common within the game and is now a part of the Rules of Golf.

"Players and caddies have long used them during practice rounds to gather relevant yardages.”

Devices that conform to Rule 4.3a (1) will be allowed:

Rule 4.3a (1)

Distance and Directional Information.

  • Allowed: Getting information on distance or direction (such as from a distance-measuring device or compass).
  • Not Allowed: Measuring elevation changes, or Interpreting distance or directional information (such as using a device to get a recommended line of play or club selection based on the location of the player's ball).

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It remains to be seen whether this will actually speed up play.

"I don't think they're accurate enough for a number of reasons," veteran European Tour caddie Kyle Roadley told Golf Monthly last year.

"The yardage books we have are very, very detailed and especially shots into greens.

"If you're playing a shot uphill, the flag is on top of a ridge and the player wants to know how far over on top of that ridge the flag is, a laser won't be able to pick that up."

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


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