The Rules of Golf App

January 23, 2010 by  

For those that own an iPhone or other similar electronic device, you are likely to be familiar with the term “application” or “app” as they are better known.  Well, the USGA just released an application that includes a complete “The Rules of Golf” AND “Decisions on the Rules of Golf.” Both publications in one app!

The application includes every definition, rule, and decision.  Although I have already received hard copies of the 2010-2011 “Rules of Golf” and “Decisions on the Rules of Golf,” I downloaded the app as soon as it became available.

What an incredibly powerful app.  It is very intuitive.  You can search by keywords or phrases.  You can even email Rules questions to the USGA. Or, email a Rule to a friend  You can choose to search either the Rules or Decisions. the

What’s my favorite feature?  Thanks for asking.  Once you have searched, found and read a rule you can then press “Decision” and the app takes you to all the published decisions surrounding that rule!  It’s convenient, it’s at your fingertips, and its complete.

While the hard copy of the “Rules” book is portable enough and can be carried in your back pocket or golf bag, the Decisions book is much larger and bulkier.  It certainly can’t fit in your back pocket and takes up a lot of room in a golf bag.  I can’t recall ever having seen a player carrying a Decisions book with them during a round.  With this app, it all changes.

This is the only USGA-approved application for the Rules of Golf.  While this is a great app and every player should consider getting it, junior players should be mindful that most (if not all) junior tournaments prohibit the use of phones and other electronic devices while on the course.   It’s too early to say where this rule puts the use of the app Rules and Decisions, but err on the side of “safety” and carry the hard copy of the “Rules” in your bag.  Use the app for practice and recreational rounds and as an every day resource off the course.

The app is available at the App Store.  Just search Rules of Golf.  Be sure to get the USGA version.  For now, it’s only available for the iPhone and iTouch.  For you Blackberyy and Android owners, apps are being developed and will be available in the near future.

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