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R&A Rules of Golf

The rules of golf are governed by the R&A, across the globe with the exception of the US and Mexico, where the USGA is the governing body.

The R&A and the USGA, govern golf with the consent of 156 organisations from amateur and professional golf, and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 143 countries.

Together, the R&A and the USGA, share a commitment to a single code for the

During the national lockdown in April 2020, Grant Moir, Director of RUles at the R&A, created a series of bit-sized videos, to make rules fun to watch and easy to learn – check them out HERE

The R&A Rules Department also incorporates an Equipment Standard division. Through rigorous state-of-the-art testing, a team of scientists assess new developments in golf technology, as well as ensuring that new club and ball submissions from golf manufacturers conform to the Rules of the sport.

2019 Rules of Golf App

We encourage you to download the Rules of Golf App, as it includes the Committee Procedures as well as the entire Rules of Golf, Interpretations and Clarifications.  If you are looking at the Rules of Golf and have a query, then you are likely to find the Committee Procedures, Interpretations and Clarifications valuable.

The App, and website, are an excellent resource for the rules of golf as they contain the most up to date clarifications, interpretations and model local rules (which do not appear in the printed versions until the next revision)

In addition, the Official App for the 2019 Rules of Golf includes nearly 30 diagrams and how-to videos that help to explain the Rules and gives guidance for many common situations.  Other features include:

  • Improved Search Functionality
  • A Visual Search – to help you quickly find the Rule you need
  • Rules of Golf Quiz
  • A Rules Essentials Section which includes animated videos of the Top 10 Rules
  • The App is now available in more than 10 languages
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