Reading greens on the PGA Tour could become trickier with a vote scheduled that could ban notebooks which provide players with slope and putting speed particulars.
According to Golfweek, the board of the PGA Tour will take a vote to decide the fate of the greens books after the Player Advisory Council had its own vote and elected to do away with them.
Multiple issues have arisen with the books, which have become de facto cheat sheets for putting strategy. There is a desire for reading greens to return to the art form that it was before notebooks became ubiquitous in the back pockets of players and the front pouches of caddies.
There is also a criticism that the habit of checking greens books has slowed the pace of play.
The Masters Tournament already has banned the books, and the rest of the PGA Tour schedule could go the way of the traditional first major of the year.
“I use a greens book, and I’d like to get rid of them,” said Rory McIlroy, who is the chairman of the Player Advisory Council. “I think everyone is in the same boat, most guys on tour are in the same boat, that if it’s going to be available to us and it helps us, people are going to use it. But I think for the greater good of the game, I’d like to see them be outlawed and for them not to be used anymore.”
The USGA placed restrictions on the greens books at the start of 2019, but did not outlaw them completely. The USGA is hosting this week’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.
–Field Level Media