The USGA Handicap
System continues to evolve for the more than 10 million golfers worldwide who
have a Handicap Index®, which allows for any player to compete equitably on any
As part of a continuing
commitment to support the new 2014-2015 “Decisions on the Rules of Golf” and in
coordination with its Decision 14-3/18 on the appropriate use of
distance-measuring devices, the USGA Handicap Committee recently approved a
revised Handicap Decision, 5-1e/2, to be effective in 2014, prior to the next
scheduled update of the USGA Handicap System in 2016.
The text of the revised
decision is as follows:
Handicap Decision 5-1e/2
Scores Made Using a Distance-Measuring
Device or Multi-Functional Device
Q: Are scores made using
information generated from a Distance-Measuring Device or Multi-Functional
Device acceptable for handicap purposes?
A: In certain situations, yes. If
a player uses a Distance-Measuring Device to measure distance, or uses a
Multi-Functional Device to access weather reports provided by weather stations
through an application or Internet browser, the player is not participating in
the specific act of gauging or measuring variable conditions that might affect
a player’s play as is prohibited under Rule 14-3 of “The Rules of Golf,” and
the score is acceptable for handicap purposes.
However, if a player uses the
device or information available through an application or Internet browser to
gauge or measure other conditions that might affect a player’s play as is
prohibited under Rule 14-3 of “The Rules of Golf” (e.g., through use of an
anemometer, or a thermometer), the score is unacceptable for handicap purposes.
more information on the USGA Handicap System, visit www.usga.org/handicapping or sign
up for a 2014
USGA Handicap Seminar, which are scheduled at locations across the country
through May 20, 2014.