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USGA Sets Record Straight For Handicap System

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The United States Golf Association on Friday released a statement in response to several inquiries concerning the allowance of non-conforming golf clubs and balls with respect to the official handicap system.
 
They claimed that according to the Rules of Golf, Section 5-1 (d), 'scores must be made in accordance with the Principles of the Rules of Golf.'
 
Therefore, any score which is submitted for handicap purposes that is played with non-conforming driving clubs or non-conforming golf balls, is deemed invalid.
 
'If you want to establish and maintain a USGA Handicap Index,' said USGA Executive Director David Fay, 'you must use conforming equipment.'