The county union where I'm a member of has recently published this:
Distance Measuring Devices
The County Executive have followed the English Golf Unions decision and will allow distance measuring devices in County competitions in 2009. Devices which also incorporate gradient, temperature and wind speed will not be allowed. Any person found with these devices in competitions will be disqualified even if he has not used any of these facilities.
The bit I'm interested in is the gradient bit highlighted above. I know that some of the laser rangefinders include this as a feature on some of their premium models, would this then preclude that model from being used in a comp because it possessed that feature (whether it was used or not)?
Seems a bit daft to be effectively penalised for buying the best you can afford only for it to be disallowed when you'd want to use it most.
Pasty: I know you use one of these regularly in comps etc. does yours have the gradient (and by that I'm assuming elevation adjustment) capability and what's your take on this?