The R&A - Working for Golf

Golf Club Submissions

In order for The R&A to render a formal ruling on a new model of golf club, a sample needs to be submitted for examination, accompanied by a fully completed Golf Club Submission Form and Payment Form. A copy of these two Forms can be downloaded from this page (see Related Documents).


The sample can come in any of the following forms:

  • Production sample
  • First Article sample (from a pre-Production run)
  • Prototype
  • Mock-up
  • Test Service

 Submission Form

The Submission Form should include all necessary explanations regarding the intended method of use, the 'intent' of the design and any claims that may be made in the marketing of the club. If the club is designed to be adjustable, there should be a clear explanation as to how the adjustment mechanism works and a sample of the appropriate tool must also be submitted. Submissions should be made to:

Assistant Director - Equipment Standards 

The R&A 
6 Pilmour Links 
St. Andrews 
KY16 9JG 

 Payment Form

There is a testing fee associated with all submissions of Production samples. Where applicable, submissions will not be processed until payment has been received.

 Informal Submissions

In the absence of a sample, informal opinions can sometimes be given based on photographs, drawings or descriptions. However, this depends on the nature of the design. There is no charge for this service. Moreover, there is not normally a charge for the following:

  • Submissions of mock-ups
  • First Article and Prototype samples
  • Test Services

 Decisions Procedure and Appeals

Submissions are processed in accordance with the Equipment Standards Submissions Procedure.

 A club manufacturer may appeal a decision made by the Equipment Standards Committee to the Appeals Committee. 

Related Documents

Golf Club Submission Guidelines Golf Club Submission Form Payment Form

How to contact us

Submissions should be made to:

Assistant Director - Equipment Standards
The R&A
6 Pilmour Links
St Andrews
KY16 9JG