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The Rules of Golf do not legislate for the allocation and adjustment of handicaps. Such matters are within the jurisdiction of the National Union concerned and queries should be directed accordingly.

Appendix III – The Ball

1. Weight The weight of the ball must not be greater than 1.620 ounces avoirdupois (45.93 gm). 2. Size The diameter of the ball must not be less than 1.680 inches (42.67 mm). This specification will be satisfied if, under its own weight, a ball falls through a 1.680 inches diameter ring gauge in fewer […]

Appendix II – Design of Clubs

Any design in a club or ball which is not covered by Rules 4 and 5 and Appendices II and III, or which might significantly change the nature of the game, will be ruled on by the R&A. The dimensions contained in Appendices II and III are referenced in imperial measurements. A metric conversion is […]

Appendix I – Local Rules; Conditions of the Competition

Part A – Local Rules As provided in Rule 33-8a, the Committee may make and publish Local Rules for local abnormal conditions if they are consistent with the policy established in this Appendix. In addition, detailed information regarding acceptable and prohibited Local Rules is provided in “Decisions on the Rules of Golf” under Rule 33-8 […]

Disputes and Decisions

Claims and Penalties a. Match Play If a claim is lodged with the Committee under Rule 2-5, a decision should be given as soon as possible so that the state of the match may, if necessary, be adjusted. If a claim is not made in accordance with Rule 2-5, it must not be considered by […]