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Grip Technology Inserts - Legal?

Steve N

Grip technology inserts are now included in all Cobra clubs and Taylor Made just introduced a putter with tech grip inserts. As I understand it these tech inserts not only tell you how far you hit the ball, but also information about face impact, spin, etc.

My question is if these are legal for tournament play. Isn't part of the game figuring out how you are striking the ball on any given day and then making adjustments to score? If one competitor has this technology that enables them to confirm feel, see the amount of adjustment necessary and then make adjustments faster than a player that has to hit it a few more times to figure all this out, is that really a level playing field? Or, does the technology give one player an edge over the other?

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  1. Robert L

    If it's not legal during an event, then you don't use the technology to check the data. Like having a scope w/ slope switches. If you're in an event, you turn the slope off.
  2. Rob_Roth1

    Cobra doesn't do that at all. Cobra is just using the arccos system that is GPS tracking.

    www.youtube.com/.../arccosgolf
  3. Darryl M

    As for the advantage I would say at the lower level it COULD be a SLIGHT advantage. At the Pro level I would say they figure it out pretty quick. At the weekend golfer level it would be great to know, but how many are good enough to fix, adjust their swing on the fly. I can tell in about 2-3 holes what feels off, not always correct but can adjust as I play and I'm a 16 hdcp but I know my swing and launch numbers, my distances with each club, I have my clubs fitted to my swing each time I purchase new clubs. Scratch golfers are scratch golfers because they can make quick assessments during play.

    I think the mental & physical ability to make the adjustment(s) on the fly gives a player just as much of an advantage then the technology would.....IMO
  4. Don O

    Besides a pace of play issue to pull out a smart phone before each shot, this may be crossing a line like a range finder with elevation activated.
    Although I'm not sure how useful the information would be. I pretty much know my full shots for any club. Unless the information can account for wind speed and direction, or tell me which length of swing to use from a tight lie or rough or which club to use over a short side bunker, what can it tell me that day? I think these are good training tools, but not much help on a given day.

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