Christian Costa is our guest blogger for the week. He uses non-conforming products to help speed up play and because the most important part of golf is having fun.
I think that a person can use non-conforming products if that person will never play in a USGA sanctioned tournament. The most important part of golf is having fun, so if a person wants to use a product that makes the game more fun, then they should use it. Another major issue in golf is slow-play. If more people used non-conforming products, it would definitely speed up the pace of play. However, it is important that players don't use non-conforming products in friendly competitions (e.g. bets, wagers, etc.) unless the opponent has agreed with the use of such a product. Considering the fact that the average golfer breaks the rules regularly (sometimes without being aware), I think that it is OK for a golfer to break the rules by using a non-conforming product. Overall, I think that as long as a golfer is using non-conforming products for the fun and enjoyment of the game, and not for cheating in competition, then every golfer should use non-conforming products if they so desire.