The R&A and the USGA's Joint Statement of Principles

As the governing authorities for the Rules of Golf including equipment Rules, The R&A and the United States Golf Association (the “USGA”) have continued to monitor closely the effects of advancing equipment technology on the playing of the game. The R&A and the USGA are also aware that this subject has attracted wide-ranging comment and a number of conflicting views. History has proved that it is impossible to foresee the developments in golf equipment which advancing technology will deliver. It is of the greatest importance to golf’s continuing appeal that such advances are judged against a clear and broadly accepted series of principles.

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R&A-USGA Joint Statement On Electronic Devices, Including Distance-Measuring Devices

As the governing authorities for the Rules of Golf, the United States Golf Association (“USGA”) and R&A Rules Limited (“The R&A”) issued a ‘Joint Statement of Principles’ on the rules concerning golf equipment in May 2002. These principles continue to be relevant to the game and have proved invaluable in guiding the governing authorities’ actions since their publication seven years ago.

Since that time, the effects of advancing equipment technology on the playing of the game have spread beyond golf clubs and golf balls to electronic devices, especially distance-measuring devices. The USGA and The R&A are aware that this subject has attracted wide-ranging comment and a number of conflicting views. History has proved that it is difficult, if not impossible, to foresee the developments in golf-related equipment that advancing technology will deliver. It is of the greatest importance to golf’s continuing appeal that such advances are judged against clearly articulated principles that are designed to preserve the integrity of the sport.

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