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Garmin Approach devices now permitted by R&A for competition


Garmin has announced that as of January 1, 2016, the full range of Garmin Approach distance measuring devices will be permitted for use in golfing competition, subject to local rule and usage code of practice set out by the recent announcement of changes to the R&A rule book.

The revised rule and the clear guidance offered by The R&A and Garmin will ensure that Garmin’s customers can use Garmin Approach devices during a stipulated round, subject to Local Rule without any uncertainty to the usage regulations.

The change comes as the R&A revised its rulings for 2016, to stipulate that: ‘The R&A and the USGA have revised Appendix IV, Section 5 to provide that, when a Local Rule permitting the use of DMDs is in effect, there is a breach of Rule 14-3 only if a player uses the device to access information that is prohibited by that Rule. Therefore, effective 1 January 2016, functions which were previously prohibited from residing on a DMD, may now reside there, provided that such functions are not accessed by the player during the stipulated round.’

In line with the revised rule for 2016, the functions that are prohibited for use during a stipulated round which are otherwise permanently visible such as PlaysLike Distance and Club Advice can be switched off. So long as these functions remain switched off and that other prohibited functions are not accessed during a stipulated round, then these devices can be used subject to Local Rule permitting the use of DMDs. Over the course of the coming weeks Garmin will update its software on these Approach devices to further implement optional recommendations set out by The R&A.

Garmin, a world leader in innovation in distance measuring devices and the first choice for many players around the world, provides simple features that are easy to use and suitable for all level of golfer.

Garmin has also offered guidance to its customers on what functions are not allowed to be accessed during a stipulated round when a Local Rule permitting the use of DMDs is in effect. The prohibited functions for competition for each device are as follows:


  • Approach G6: Club Averages
  • Approach G7: Club Advice - This can be turned off in the device settings; Plays Like Distance - This can be turned off in the device settings
  • Approach G8: Club Advice - This can be turned off in the device settings; Plays Like Distance - This can be turned off in the device settings Pin Pointer
  • Approach S6 Pin Pointer; Tempo Training; Swing Strength

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