Notice to Manufacturers: March 13, 2023
This proposal notice was sent to golf equipment manufacturers on March 13, 2023, following the Equipment Rulemaking Procedures established by the governing bodies in 2011. Manufacturers and golf stakeholders can provide feedback until Aug. 14, 2023. If adopted, the proposal would take effect on Jan 1, 2026.
Notice to Manufacturers: March 30, 2021
The USGA and R&A issued a Notice on 1 February 2021 advising manufacturers of a proposed implementation of a Model Local Rule allowing committees to limit the maximum length for clubs other than putters. The R&A and USGA have received a great deal of helpful feedback while at the same time gathering additional data on club length measurement, and important insight regarding what length clubs are being used at various levels of the game. In light of this data and feedback, we are extending the comment period that was initially scheduled to close on 4 March 2021, for an additional seven weeks until 22 April 2021. Following the close of the comment period, The R&A and USGA will take the necessary and appropriate time to study and consider all of the information gathered and received to inform our decision. Should the decision be made to implement a Model Local Rule, a suitable amount of time will be allotted for manufacturers and players to comply.
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Managing Director - Equipment Standards
August 10, 2020 Update
On March 18, the USGA and The R&A announced that the release of research topics related to the next phase of the Distance Insights Project would be delayed to allow the greater golf industry to focus on its response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (see update, below).
Given continued health concerns and the impact on golf worldwide, the USGA and The R&A are now targeting March 2021 for the release of equipment research topics. We will continue to monitor the recovery of the golf industry and may update this target date accordingly. Per the Equipment Rulemaking Procedures, the time for golf equipment manufacturers and other interested parties to participate in this research will also be amended to account for the delay.
In the interim, the USGA and The R&A will continue to monitor the effects of distance on the game.
Beyond Equipment Rulemaking Procedures, the review of golf course design, setup and maintenance, as well as the availability and choice of appropriate teeing grounds, will continue in support of golf’s long-term health.
March 18, 2020 Update
On February 4, the USGA and The R&A committed to releasing research topics related to the next phase of our Distance Insights work within 45 days. At this time, the golf industry needs to focus on its response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, we have decided to delay this announcement until a more appropriate time. This will obviously extend the deadline for the research. We will share more information in due course.