Golf Range Finders

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According to the USGA Rule 14-3, it is illegal for a golfer to use a rangefinder or electronic measuring device. “The use of a distance-measuring device is a breach of Rule 14-3, which states that during a stipulated round, the player shall not use any artificial device or unusual equipment for the purpose of gauging or measuring distance or conditions which might affect his play (Rule 14-3).”

There are exceptions, however, to this rule. The USGA has also declared that rangefinders and other devices can be used and shared by golfers using a “Local Rule” exception.

Basically, what this means is that local clubs and courses can lift USGA Rule 14-3 for tournaments allowing players to use distance-measuring devices. Players who use these devices are allowed to share with other players during the tournament.

According to the USGA, once the Local Rule is in effect, “you may use any application or device to measure distance, provided you do not use any feature on the device that, if used, would be a breach of Rule 14-3.

“For example, if you have a laser range finder that has the ability to give you distance only to a target but can also give you the effective playing distance for an uphill shot, you can use this device as long as you don’t use the effective playing distance feature.”

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