A customer recently asked me a equipment related question about whether the Rubber Golf Club Pickup item we sell conforms to the Rules of Golf. If you are not familiar with it, the simple device attaches to the end of your grip and acts as a suction cup for the purpose of picking the ball off the ground or from the bottom of the hole so you don’t have to bend over.
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If you read the Rules of Golf booklet very carefully, you will find there is a small exception to Rule 1a in Appendix II. It allows for attachments to the putter as long as they don’t affect the performance of the club. So as long as you have the Rubber Golf Club Pickup affixed onto your putter grip and no other club in your bag, plus it is not removed and re-attached during the round, it if fine.
There are many things that golfers can do to golf clubs, whether they are existing or building from scratch that could make a club non-conforming. For instance, you could add lead tape anywhere on the head, except for the face as that would be a no-no. Or you could add a coat hanger underneath the grip. What, someone actually thought of doing that to a club, and better yet – why? Well, the purpose is to create a raised rib on the grip. While ribbed grips are allowed, the diameter of the coat hanger would be too great as there is a limitation (0.040” or 1mm) to how raised the rib can be.
So if you like to tinker on clubs, it is important to know the rules!