YOUR UNIT IS NON-COMPLIANT - EVEN UNDER LOCAL RULE!
I thought I'd put that in caps to get your attention..but it is true.
A fellow forum member and I were discussing the ability of the Sureshot to measure and then recommend clubs..and whether this was legal. Anyway, he emailed the R&A"Can I ask a rules question please?
Certain GPS devices have the ability to measure, record and save your typical shot distance with each club and, subsequently make suggestions during the course of play as to which club the player should take for his next shot.
Are such devices in breach of the suggested local rule covering the use of artificial measuring devices (as they are able to measure something that might affect the play of the golfer)?
Do such devices that offer club selection advice breach the rule relating to players receiving advice?"
To which he received the following reply"Dear Mr Xxxxx
I refer to your e-mail below and I would advise you that the additional ‘club recommendation’ feature you describe below would not be permitted under the Local Rule which permits the use of a distance measuring device. Therefore, the incorporation of such a feature would render a device non-conforming – and it could not be used during a stipulated round even when the Local Rule is in effect.
I hope this is of assistance, but please let me know if you have any further questions.
Assistant Director - Equipment Standards
R&A Rules Limited, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9JD"
So there you have it! If you use one of these devices in a competition, even if GPS measuring devices are allowed under local rule, you are breaking the rules and if discovered are likely to be disqualified.
I did notify Golfplus, the UK distributors of this product, of this information and even sent them a copy of the mail, yet they have chosen not to act upon it. Worse, they were still prominently selling the Sureshot units on their stand at the London Golf Show last weekend.
In fact their website at http://www.golf-plus.co.uk/product_sureshot.php
is still displaying "Can be used on any golf course around the world (subject to local rules)."
Caveat Emptor - But you have been warned!!
Edited: 04/05/2007 at 17:00