Technology at golf, allowed by the PGA of America

Good morning everyone! Today from Slazenger Heritage, your vintage sportswear store, we bring good news for those who loves golf as much as technology.

In the world of professional sports, technology plays an important role. In football they use VAR technology in their matches. And in golf,  the professionally use of technology comes with the use of rangefinders.

golf player with rangefinder

These distance-measuring devices are based on laser technology. They provide exact measurements from the ball to selected points (water or sand traps, green or flag starts). With this device it isn´t necessary mathematical calculations based on scores made by players and caddies on practice.

PGA of America

The rectors of the PGA of America, who organize three golf majors, have finally decided to say hi to technology and allow the use of golf rangefinders at their tournaments since this year.

In which tournaments can the players use the rangefinders?

Players will be permitted to use rangefinders at the PGA Championship, the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and the KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, although their devices will need to conform to the rules of Golf.

  • Allowable: Getting information on distance or direction (such as from a distance-measuring device or compass).
  • Not allowable: Measuring elevation changes, or interpreting distance or directional information.

But the PGA of America is still reticent about the use of technology in their golf majors. They made it clear that more technical devices for measuring elevation change will not be allowed.

The PGA Championship, to be played May 20-23 at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island in South Carolina, will be the first tournament in which such devices can be used.

What do you think about the distance-measuring devices? How much will rangefinders actually help pros and pace of play?

At Slazenger Heritage we are passionate about this beautiful sport and we are looking forward to the see how this technology helps us enjoy golf even more. See you soon!

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