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R&A green lights range finders in amateur events

The R&A has announced today that it will allow golfers competing in amateur events to utilise range finders to get the exact yardage for their shots, although the devices will remain banned in major competitions.

The Royal and Ancient made the decision that distance measuring devices such as laser-guided range finders would be legal for play in their amateur events in 2014, much to the chagrin of Luke Donald, who was quick to take a stance against the decision.

The R&A has made it very clear the rule would not be applied to The Open Championship or any qualifying events for The Open. But that hasn’t stopped Donald from reproaching the subject on his official twitter page, where he tweeted the following: "Lasers are (great for) rounds (with your friends) & 4 caddies 2 check yardages in practice rounds but I don't think they should be used in competitions."

The R&A has explained that while they have made the decision for tournaments to allow range finders which they host and organise, it will still be up to local golf clubs if they wish to follow this ruling, meaning they are free to refuse the use of range finders if they aren’t happy with the rulings.