"Beggars Belief" - Tour Coach Slams "Ridiculous" Rule Change

Figures in the golfing world gave their thoughts on the new rule change, which will see professionals hampered on the greens.

Phil Kenyon gives views on new putting rules
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The golfing world has seen a number of rules changes in the past week or so, with the main talking point being the restrictions on green reading books.

As of January 1, 2022, players and caddies in PGA Tour events will have restricted usage of their green and yardage books. They will be allowed to include handwritten notes about greens and slopes, but must do so using only information gained from their own eyes, and not with the aid of levels or other slope-reading technology. 

In the released statement from the PGA Tour, it also noted that "In addition to this new Local Rule, a Tournament Regulation will be amended to extend the prohibition on using any device to test the conditions of the putting greens to include all practice greens, and during all official practice rounds and Pro-Ams."

Essentially, players will not be allowed to use devices to help them read the greens. This statement obviously caused a stir with players, and coaches, with a number voicing their opinions on Social Media.

One of the main critics was putting guru, Phil Kenyon, who wrote out a lengthy Instagram statement which you can see below.

Phil Kenyon's Instagram post on the new ruling

(Image credit: Instagram: @philkenyonputting)

In the statement, Kenyon, who has worked with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Justin Rose, branded the ruling "ridiculous" and "stupid."

He even went on to say, "Sadly once again the governing bodies haven’t thought it through well enough in my opinion. Let’s pick on putting. Let’s avoid the real issues. How far the ball goes and slow play."

It wasn't just Kenyon who had this view, with Bryson DeChambeau commenting "Couldn't agree more with your take," and 2015 BMW PGA Championship winner, Byeong-hun An, saying "I like how they banned greenbooks during tournament play but I don’t understand why they banned using practice devices during practice round."

With the positive step of restricting green books, only time will tell how this device rule change will affect the game. Initially, it seems that players and coaches certainly aren't in support...

Matt Cradock
Matt Cradock

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.