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Proposed Rules Changes: FAQ
On March 1, 2017, the USGA and R&A announced a major set of propsed changes to the Rules of Golf. The announcement has led to many questions, especially regarding the trial of the proposed Rules and the complete timeline for these changes. To assist the understanding of this process, you can read our clarification statement and also find a full list of FAQs pertaining to the proposed changes on the USGA's website.


The USGA, in conjunction with The R&A in St. Andrews, Scotland, writes, interprets and maintains the Rules of Golf to guard the tradition and integrity of the game. The two organizations are joint authors and owners of The Rules of Golf and Decisions on the Rules of Golf. Through an agreement with The R&A, the Rules jurisdiction of the USGA includes only the United States, its possessions and Mexico. The latest version went into effect on January 1, 2016.


The USGA tests balls, clubs and other equipment for conformity to the Rules of Golf. The purpose of the Rules is to protect golf’s best traditions, to prevent an over-reliance on technological advances and to ensure that skill remains the dominant element of success for golfers everywhe

Click here for an infograph detailing the Rules of Distance-Measuring Devices when the Local Rule permitting them is in effect.


Brush up on your Rules knowledge by taking the USGA's interactive quiz(s). These quizzes are structured from “basic” to “advanced” and provide golfers with a way to constantly test and refresh their Rules knowledge.


Rules of Golf Explained - Video Series
Enhance your Rules knowledge by viewing these interactive videos that address different Rules issue that a player or Rules Official may encounter on the course.


Rules of Golf FAQ

Search for the answer to a specific question or show all questions for a given Rule by utilizing the USGA’s Rules FAQ.