One of the great attributes of the game of golf is that any player can play against any other player evenly, even when they happen to be of different skill levels. Such parity is due to the USGA Handicapping Index system. Naturally, this system is only effective when all players play in accordance with the Rules of Golf.
Yet, some golfers with disabilities may be functionally unable to follow all of the Rules. To address this disparity, the USGA Rules of Golf Committee wrote A Modification of the Rules of Golf for Golfers with Disabilities. This document provides guidelines for special accommodations that players with disabilities may equitably receive, allowing these golfers to post official scores that can be used for handicapping and competitive purposes. It is also endorsed by golf’s other major governing body, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, allowing golfers throughout the world, disabled and able-bodied alike, to play by the same set of rules.
To learn more about the Rules for Golfers with Disabilities, please click here.
“ You Don’t Have to See It to Tee It’ is the motto for our organization because we are all living proof that golf is a great game for blind and vision impaired people. I love the fact that, with the help of a coach, I can compete with sighted golfers on equal terms.” Jim Baker. Baker is the president of the U.S. Blind Golfers Association, a USGA-supported program. He has been playing golf for 11 years after going blind as a result of diabetic retinopathy.