Other Equipment

In order for The R&A to render a formal ruling on artificial devices and unusual equipment, e.g. gloves, tees, electronic devices, etc., a sample needs to be submitted for examination, accompanied by a fully completed Submission Form and Payment Form. A copy of these two Forms can be downloaded using the Related Documents section at the right of this page.

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 item of equipment.

Submissions should be made to:

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

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.

Where applicable, submissions will not be processed until payment has been received.

Submissions are processed in accordance with the Artificial Devices and Unusual Equipment Submissions Procedure. Details of this Procedure and the Equipment Standards Committee are shown in the Related Documents section.

A manufacturer may appeal a decision made by the Equipment Standards Committee to the Appeals Committee. For information on Appeals visit the Appeals page.