Application of New Rules on Club Face Markings

Letter to manufacturers containing updated information on the transition to the new Rules and clarifying the interpretation of "manufactured by".

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since writing this letter, the position regarding the "manufactured by" date has been modified. The new position is that existing lines of clubhead, which were in production prior to the end of 2009 and which do not meet the new specifications, can continue to be manufactured and shipped into the marketplace until 31 December 2010. Such clubs will remain conforming to the Rules until at least 2024.

However, for the avoidance of doubt, all new models of clubhead due to be launched on or after 1 January 2010 must still conform to the new Rules. Furthermore, players competing at the highest level of elite play from 1 January 2010 will still be required to use clubs that conform to the new Rules, via a condition of competition.

For further details, please contact The R&A via the 'Contact Us' facility on this website.