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Posted on Feb 25, 2015
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birdieking

Joined KS: Jun 19, 2014

As I've said on my previous post about "1-stroke or 2-stroke" penalty, the game is hard enough as it is, so USGA should make the game as easy for recreational golfers as possible.

Why does USGA restrict the use of devices with slope? I understand for the Pros, but since their caddies are well-prepared, they know exactly what the slopes are. So us, the weekend hackers are really the ones at the disadvantage. Why wouldn't we have devices that tells us exactly what distance we should hit, because that's one less thing to worry about, and as a hacker, I've got tons of other stuff I'm thinking of before hitting the shot.

In relation to that, so what if we (hackers) know how much the wind blows? We still have to execute anyway!

If USGA wants more people to play this tough, tough sport, they should start relaxing the rules a little bit...

Just saying...

Posted on Feb 26, 2015
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bogeyman

Joined KS: Jun 03, 2013

Amen! USGA should consider relaxing the rules a little bit on non-tournament rounds.

At first, they allowed Leupold to have the "retractable" face, where the "yellow" face would have the slope, and the chrome face won't have the slope. The model is the Gx-4 series.

They rescinded and now consider this model as illegal on tournament AND casual rounds. I really don't see a competitive advantage on this if you make this legal to everyone.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015
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tw2000

Joined KS: Feb 06, 2013

That's why keepscores has two versions, one is the slope and the other one is the tour, because the slope is not legal. But isn't it that a smartphone isn't legal on the course anyway?

Posted on Mar 03, 2015
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etakmit

Joined KS: Jul 10, 2013

tw2000 on Feb 27, 2015
That's why keepscores has two versions, one is the slope and the other one is the tour, because the slope is not legal. But isn't it that a smartphone isn't legal on the course anyway?
Smartphones are legal if used properly.

However, it's a pretty fine line and generally just safer to not use one at all on the course if you're playing strictly by the rules.

Posted on Mar 04, 2015
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bogeyman

Joined KS: Jun 03, 2013

etakmit,
There's really no way of knowing if a player is using it properly, that's why I believe USGA does not allow smartphones altogether:

Such non-conforming features render use of the device contrary to the Rules, irrespective of whether or not:
•the features can be switched off or disengaged; and
•the features are switched off or disengaged.

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