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The Rules are comprehensive and provide answers to the many issues that arise in a game that is played worldwide on many different types of courses by players of all abilities.

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Rules of Golf

The Rules of Golf are comprehensive and provide answers to the many issues that arise in a game that is played worldwide on many different types of courses by players of all abilities.

Rules Resources

Chart of Main Rules Changes (2023)

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Rules of Golf Five Key Changes 2023

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Rule 25 Guidance

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Rules of Golf 2023 A5 TEXT R&A version v1 0

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The Rules App

Keep the Rules in your pocket with The R&A Rules App.  Download the comprehensive app on the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

Rules Series

World Handicap System

The World Handicap System has made it easier for all golfers to get a handicap, which can be used anywhere worldwide. Remember, you don’t have to be a member of a club.  You can take your first steps towards getting a handicap by submitting your scores over nine or 18 holes at a local golf club.  Submitting scores regularly will give you an accurate handicap that reflects your playing ability. Many national associations now have smartphone apps so you can submit your scores and check your handicap record.
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Equipment

The role of Equipment Standards can essentially be split into three main areas: 

  • to evaluate submissions of new equipment for conformance to the Rules of Golf
  • to conduct fundamental research into the physics of golf
  •  and to constantly review the Equipment Rules to ensure that they remain relevant to today’s equipment and continue to ensure that skill is the dominant ingredient to success.
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