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Welcome to Rules & Equipment

Your comprehensive resource of the Rules of Golf, Equipment, Amateur Status, Etiquette and how to Run a Competition.

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Rules of Golf

Since 1952 the Role of the R&A as a governing body has been to write, maintain and execute the Rules of Golf, Equipment, Amateur Status and Golfers with Disabilities.

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A player kicks a pine cone into the same bunker where his ball lies. The player can remove the pine cone as it did not originally lie in the bunker.

Think you know the Rules of Golf? Test your knowledge now to find out whether you are a novice or a master.

Think you know the Rules of Golf? Test your knowledge now to find out whether you are a novice or a master.

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Equipment

The role of the Equipment Standards Committee is to regulate the equipment which may be used to play the game, both by amateurs and professionals alike. From Drivers to Golf Balls and Grooves to Distance Measuring Devices, visit the Equipment section to access the latest information and ensure all of your kit conforms to the current standards.

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Etiquette

Good etiquette is essential in golf, helping all players to gain maximum enjoyment from the game.

Open Champion and R&A Working for Golf Ambassador Padraig Harrington takes you through the complete Etiquette of Golf. Learn more about safety on the golf course, respecting the course and other players, and what you can do to ensure play proceeds at a good pace.

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