Friday, February 17, 2012

Ask Linda #415-Band-aid for putter

Linda, can a player put a BAND AID on the FACE of his or her PUTTER and play with it?

Dear Lou,

Does your putter have a boo-boo? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist asking that.)

The answer is “no.” An adhesive bandage on the clubhead would be considered an external attachment (see Appendix II, Rule 1a). In addition, if the band-aid were added during the round, it would be a violation of Rule 4-2, because it would alter the club’s playing characteristics [Decision 4-1/5]. The penalty for making a stroke with this club would be disqualification [Rule 4-2].

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