Equipment Rulemaking Procedures

EQUIPMENT RULEMAKING PROCEDURES

VERSION 1.0

NOVEMBER 2011

This document describes the procedures to be used by The R&A and the USGA for evaluating and implementing future golf equipment rule changes, as well as the process for changing an associated test method or the introduction of new interpretative guidelines.

It is hoped that these procedures will increase the transparency of the equipment rule-making process and facilitate the participation of manufacturers and other interested parties in that process. In the event of unique circumstances or situations, these procedures may be subject to modification.

These procedures apply to the equipment-related Rules only. They are not intended to be part of the process of changing any other Rule of Golf. They are subject to ongoing review and modification.

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