With the start of 2022, PGA Tour players will no longer be able to use green reading books – officially called green reading materials – in competition.
In December 2021, the USGA and R&A, the governing body of golf, introduced a model local rule that could be used from January 1, 2022, which would allow a tournament committee (like a professional tour) to limit players to use only the distance book. which it has approved for use in competition.
The PGA Tour has chosen to eliminate the use of green reading books altogether, forcing players to use Tour approved books that offer more general information on slopes and other characteristics of putting surfaces. Players will be able to use handwritten notes in their new Tour-approved books, although they must be from what the player or their caddy observed on the host course – and not simply copied from an eco-friendly reading book. now non-compliant. Players and caddies also cannot use levels or other devices during pre-tournament spotting to gather information.
Jordan Spieth is a fan of change.
“We’ve never had them in Augusta, and it looks like I’m in a really good space on the greens there, really feeling the putts,” said the 2015 Masters winner ahead of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. .
“I’m one of those who used it because why wouldn’t you use them? More for a benchmark and a lot more for speed than trying to dial in an AimPoint or a line situation, so I’m fine. agree with the changes. “
Spieth said he believes green reading books made a key part of getting in shape easier – something he feels especially good at.
“I think for me you have to read it correctly, you have to put a hit on it and you have to hit it with the right speed,” he said. “I thought that with the green reading material it took away one of those three skills and I think it’s a skill that I would say is a benefit for me and so I’m excited to see what that can mean. with regard to the strokes gained from the field on the greens. “