Rules Guy: Can I use a drone to check the pin position before hitting my approach?
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Is it permitted to send a drone to check out the green contours and pin position before hitting my approach shot? — CAPT. BIRINDER SINGH SIDHU, VIA E-MAIL
Captain, just when I thought I’d heard everything, a query comes in reminding me that the human capacity for challenging conventions is surely limitless. You will be disappointed but perhaps not shocked to learn that such a reconnaissance mission is verboten under Rule 4.3a, which covers equipment that reduces the need for skill or judgment essential to the game.
First breach of the rule is the general penalty of two strokes in stroke play or loss of hole in match play; second breach is disqualification; third breach, court-martial.
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