Rules of Golf

The Rules of Golf 2012-2015

2012 marks the start of a new version of the Rules of Golf that will be effective worldwide through 2015. The four year revision cycle ensures that any changes receive proper attention and extensive deliberation from both the USGA and R&A. During this four year cycle, though, there can and will be changes to the Decisions of the Rules of Golf in a continuing effort to improve upon the preciseness and usefulness of these interpretations of the Rules.

USGA Rules of Golf for 2012-2015

Amateur Status

Amateur Status Reinstatement

For any golfers that reside in the state of Texas wishing to regain their Amateur status, the Texas Golf Association can help. The process for reinstatement is outlined below.

An application for reinstatement to amateur status must be completed in duplicate before the USGA will consider you for reinstatement. Once the applications are completed, they must first be sent to the Texas Golf Association for review, and we will provide a recommendation and forward the applications to the USGA for processing. This process can take anywhere between 6 to 8 weeks.

The routine probation period a person must wait before reinstatement to amateur status is granted is two years from the date of the last act contrary to the Rules of Amateur Status. However, this probation period can vary depending on the type and length of violation.

Shorter periods of one year are typically granted for those who have accepted a non-conforming prize, and longer periods of three years are typically granted for those applicants who have played extensively for prize money or are requesting a second reinstatement. The waiting period is retroactive, and begins from the date the applicant last acted contrary to the Rules of Amateur Status.

For more information please contact the Texas Golf Association at 214.468.8942.


Definition/Rules of Amateur Status

Conforming Equipment

Equipment Rules

This section of the USGA website contains guidelines to help manufacturers, rules officials and other interested parties interpret the Rules relating to the design and manufacture of golf clubs and balls, as set forth in Appendices II and III of “The Rules of Golf.”

Similar to the Rules, these guidelines will be continually reviewed, and modifications may be made in the future. The principles and philosophies expressed within this publication are held by both the United States Golf Association and R&A Rules Limited (“The R&A”).

Equipment Rules

Conforming Club and Ball Lists

These listings identify golf balls and clubs that have been evaluated for conformance to the Rules of Golf as established by the USGA and The R&A in St. Andrews, Scotland.

The List of Conforming Driver Heads and the Conforming Golf Ball List operate as Conditions of Competition for professional events, all USGA championships and selected amateur competitions throughout the world.

Conforming Club and Ball Lists

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