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R&A and USGA Announce Changes To Decisions On The Rules Of Golf

12.44am 20th November 2013 - Management Topics

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As part of a continuing commitment to provide greater clarity to the Rules of Golf, The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA), golf’s governing bodies, today announced revisions to the 2012-2013 edition of “Decisions on the Rules of Golf.” The changes, part of a customary two-year Decisions review cycle, become effective on January 1, 2014.

“Decisions on the Rules of Golf, 2014-2015” contains more than 1,200 entries addressing specific situations under the Rules of Golf. A total of 87 changes have been made to the 2012-2013 Decisions book: three new Decisions, 59 revised Decisions, one re-numbered Decision and 24 Decisions withdrawn.

“The Rules of Golf are constantly evolving,” said Thomas Pagel, USGA senior director of the Rules of Golf. “The Decisions review process is an opportunity for The R&A and the USGA to continue to help make the game more understandable and accessible for players, officials and others who participate in the game.”

David Rickman, The R&A’s Executive Director – Rules and Equipment Standards, said, “It is important to consider carefully new developments in the game and that is reflected in the new Decisions on the Rules which give greater clarity on the use of smart phones and advanced video technology.”

Among the changes for 2014-2015, four decisions are particularly noteworthy:

The full text of the revisions to “Decisions on the Rules of Golf” and of the Joint Statement can be found at and

Printed copies of “The Rules of Golf” and “Decisions on the Rules of Golf, 2014-2015” are also available from The R&A and the USGA

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