Golf’s Ruling Bodies To Limit Video Evidence


Following a few high profile nationally televised ruling controversies, the USGA and the R&A have issued a new Decision on the Rules of Golf to limit the use of video evidence in the game.


New Decision 34-3/10

The two standards for Rules committees to limit the use of video:

1) When video reveals evidence that could not reasonably be seen with the “naked eye.” (AKA the Anna Nordqvist standard)

2) When players use their “reasonable judgment” to determine a specific location when applying the Rules. (AKA the Lexi Thompson standard)

The first standard states, “the use of video technology can make it possible to identify things that could not be seen with the naked eye.” 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 in 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 new decision on the Rules of Golf takes effect immediately.


Credit: USGA, Pro Golf Weekly, AP, Getty Images

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