Golfers Must Post Scores For Handicap
Purposes When Using Distance-Only Measuring Devices
March 1, 2006
Far Hills, N.J. -
This provision follows consistently with the announcement from
the United States Golf Association earlier this year that golfers
may use distance-only measuring devices in competition, provided
such a local Rule has been adopted. But, regardless of whether or
not a local Rule has been adopted, any score made using a
distance-only measuring device is acceptable for handicap
However, under the Rules of Golf, golfers must NOT use
distance-measuring devices for handicap purposes or in
competition that are capable of gauging or measuring other
conditions that might affect play, even if such a function is not
used. For example, a distance-measuring device that includes a
compass and can measure changes in elevation can NOT be used in
competition or for handicap purposes.
This wording for Decision 5-1f/2 has been updated in the 2006
online edition of The USGA Handicap System manual found in the
Handicap section at
to be consistent with the Decision 14-3/0.5 from the Decisions on
The Rules of Golf.
Questions can be directed to Kevin O'Connor, senior director
of handicapping, at (908) 234-2300.