5/1/2017 Revision Email
Entry Deadline for IGA Four-Ball, May 15:
IGA Match Play @ TimberStone
The USGA and R&A made an unprecedented move by issuing new Decision on the Rules of Golf, limiting the use of video; effective immediately.
The new Decision (34-3/10) limits the use of video evidence in the game? This Decision implements two standards for Rules Committees to limit the use of video: 1) when video reveals evidence that could not reasonable be seen with the “naked eye,” and 2) when players use their “reasonable judgement” to determine a specific location when applying the Rules.
Under the first standard, if the Committee concludes that such facts could not reasonably have been seen with the naked eye and the player was not otherwise aware of the potential breach, the player will be deemed not to have breached the Rules, even when video technology shows otherwise. An example includes a player who unknowingly touches a few grains of sand in taking a backswing with a club in a bunker when making a stroke.
The second standard applies when a player determines a spot, point, position, line, area, distance or other location n applying the Rules, and recognizes that a player should not be held to the degree of precision that can sometimes be provided by video technology. Examples include determining the nearest point of relief or replacing a lifted ball.
The USGA and R&A have discussed limited use of video technology as part of the Rules modernization initiative. The decision was made to enact this Decision immediately because of the many difficult issues arising from video review in televised golf.
Video-related topics continue to be evaluated by the USGA and R&A. Such topics include the use of information from sources other than participants such a phone calls, email or social media, and the application of penalties after a score card has been returned.
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