Ian Poulter happy rules being addressed but thinks more can be done

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Ian Poulter happy rules being addressed but thinks more can be done

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Ian Poulter happy rules being addressed but thinks more can be done

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The deluge of proposed rules changes the U.S. Golf Association and R&A revealed Wednesday has garnered a mixed reaction from Tour pros.

There seems to be agreement that modernizing the Rules of Golf is a plus, but some of the changes or unaddressed issues have rubbed some players the wrong way.

Ian Poulter’s thoughts are possibly the most intriguing of the bunch. He first praised the governing bodies for the willingness to possibly change (to be clear, these are proposed rules changes, and even when any changes are finalized, they won’t go into effect until 2019).

But like some other players, he retains some serious gripes. Most notably, the Englishman is REALLY not a fan of the detailed green books on Tour and feels the governing bodies should step up and rid them from top pro events.

But before you peg Poulter as anti-information, at the same time, he wants range finders to be in use during professional tournaments. One of the proposed rule changes announced Wednesday addressed distance-measuring devices (which range finders fall under). The alteration would allow DMDs during competition, but a local rule now exists for professional tours to prohibit their use still.

Here’s Poulter’s reasoning for letting Tour players use rangefinders in competition (and allowing yardage books to stay).

Interesting thoughts from Poulter. Of course, there will be a lot more debate on these topics. Stay tuned.

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