Rules Guy: Can I use impact tape during a round?

Are you allowed to use impact tape during a round?

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Would it be illegal to use impact tape during a round? —Mike King, Raleigh, N.C.

Yes, under Rule 4.1(a), this external attachment renders the club nonconforming. A sticky situation, indeed.

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Once you’ve made a stroke with the taped club, you’re disqualified — even if it’s an off-center hit.

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