This section of the website outlines details regarding Modified Rules, Paralympic Golf and Permitted Equipment for disability golf.
Modified Rules of GolfIn modifying the Rules of Golf for golfers with disabilities, the desired result should allow the golfer with a disability to play equitably with an able-bodied individual or a golfer with another type of disability. It is important to understand that this critical objective will occasionally result in a modification to a Rule that may seem unfair at first glance because a more simplified answer may appear to exist when two golfers with the same disability are playing against one another.
From a practical standpoint, it is useful to subdivide disabled golfers into groups, each of which has a need for somewhat different Rules modifications. Five such groups have been identified for the purposes of modifications to the Rules:
Pursuit of Paralympic Recognition
Golf is continuing its bid to be recognised as a Paralympic sport.
A significant milestone was achieved in January 2018 with the IPC governing board approving golf to move to stage two of the application process for the 2024 Paralympic Games.
Golf's Paralympic application will proceed with three other sports – cerebral palsy football, powerchair football and sailing – with karate and para dance sport also advancing outside the official Paralympic program.
Golf, along with the other three sports, is considered to have met core requirements of the IPC handbook including compliance with the world anti-doping code, IPC athlete classification code, a quadrennial competition calendar and worldwide reach.
Equipment Permitted for Medical Reasons
The Miscellaneous section of A Modification of the Rules of Golf for Golfers with Disabilities describes how there are many golfers with some degree of disability that may have a significant impact on their ability to play the game.
Sometimes, individuals may require to use modified equipment or an artificial device, such as a brace or gripping aid and may approach the Committee in charge of the competition for permission to use a device under the Exception to Rule 14-3.
There is also a List of Equipment Permitted Conditionally for Medical Reasons, which is a list of items manufactured on a commercial scale with respect to a specific condition rather than designed for use by a specific individual.
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