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R&A and USGA release 2016 edition of rules of golf

The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA) have announced the publication of the 2016 edition of the Rules of Golf that takes effect on 1 January 2016. The new Rule book is the culmination of the normal four-year review cycle and is a collaborative work by The R&A and the USGA that applies worldwide to all golfers.

Among the most significant of the changes in the 2016 edition of the Rules involve Rule 18-2b (Ball Moving After Address), Rule 6-6d (Wrong Score for Hole) and Rule 14-3 (Artificial Devices, Unusual Equipment and Abnormal Use of Equipment).

David Rickman, executive director – Rules and Equipment Standards at The R&A said, “We continually look at ways we can improve and clarify the Rules of Golf. The R&A and the USGA collaborate closely and we consult with our respective national and international advisory members to produce a code of Rules that is relevant to all golfers around the world.”

Printed copies of the Rules of Golf, which are supported by Rolex, are now available from The R&A and the USGA. More detailed information on recent changes and the complete Rules of Golf can also be found at and