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Rule of the Day

4-1/5 Adhesive Bandage or Tape Applied to Clubhead to Reduce Glare or for Protection

Q:
May a player put an adhesive bandage or tape on the clubhead to reduce glare or to protect the club from being damaged?

A:
An adhesive bandage or tape added to the clubhead is considered an external attachment, rendering the club non-conforming (see Appendix II, Rule 1a, but see also Decision 4-1/4). However, material attached to the clubhead that does not affect performance of the club and is semi-permanent, durable, not easily removable and conforms to the shape of the clubhead may be permitted by exception, but an adhesive bandage or tape does not fall under that exception because such items are temporary in nature and easily removable. See A Guide to the Rules on Clubs and Balls, Section 1a, for detailed criteria regarding permissible external attachments, such as alignment markings, protective coverings or decorative decals. Additionally, adding such an attachment during the stipulated round would change the club's playing characteristics in breach of Rule 4-2. (Revised)


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Today in Golf History

golf-history 1995 USGA Announces Rule Change to Recognize Environmentally-Sensitive Areas

Oct 22

The USGA announced a new local rule designed to address the growing number of environmentally-sensitive areas on golf courses. "We want the Rules of Golf to reflect that golf courses and nature can be blended together," noted Trey Holland, chairman of the USGA's Rules of Golf Committee, "And they can." The new rule went into effect on January 1, 1996.


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