Use of USGA Approved Measuring Devices
Players will be able to use USGA approved measuring devices during IHSA state series events. During the regular season, local events will be able to determine whether such devices can be used or not. It is the hope of the committee that the use of this increasingly more prevalent equipment will help with pace of play. In using these devices, players can share distance information with fellow competitors and not violate any USGA or IHSA tournament rules. Sharing distance information is NOT considered giving advice. Legal measuring devices should, again, be USGA approved and only measure yardage. It is not practical to create a list of all the devices that might be legal. In fact, the USGA does not publish such a list. In general, GPS devices and range finders – provided each example only displays point to point distances without adjustment for any other factor – are going to be acceptable. However, devices or applications that can be used on cell phones or tablets (like an iPad) are not legal. The advisory committee continues to favor the prohibition of the use of any devices during a round that would allow a player to communicate with another player or coach. School administrators or coaches with further questions should contact Kurt Gibson or Stacey Lambert at the IHSA Office.