A new rule could be declared non-compliant

More than 10 years ago, a rule was decided which may force you to change the composition of your bag if you plan to participate in a competition, in order to avoid any disqualification

by Andrea Gussoni
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A new rule could be declared non-compliant
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More than 10 years ago, a rule was decided which may force you to change the composition of your bag if you plan to participate in a competition, in order to avoid any disqualification. This famous "Local Rule Model G-2", implemented in 2010, applies during major USGA and R&A amateur competitions as well as among professionals, since 2014.

However, it will not be put into force for amateur golfers until January 1, 2024. Players competing in club competitions may therefore need to replace some of their clubs as they could be deemed non-compliant.

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Indeed, from this Monday, the grooves of all clubs whose opening (loft) is greater than or equal to 25° must respect the size limits imposed (in width and depth).

Sandwedges are particularly affected, but it can also affect hybrids or 9-wood type fairways. To ensure that all your clubs are compliant, we invite you to check for yourself by following this link (https://www.usga.org/InfoClubsDB/Search.aspx).

In passing, it is interesting to note that there are more than 270 brands or equipment manufacturers listed in the database of the governing bodies. The Rules of Golf constitute a standard code of conduct for the game of golf.

These rules are developed and administered by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body of golf throughout the world, except in the United States and Mexico, where jurisdiction rests with the United States Golf Association.

An expert commission, made up of members of the R&A and USGA, oversees and updates the rules every four years. The latest revision was introduced on 1 January 2016. Changes to the rules of golf can generally be divided into two main categories: those aimed at improving understanding of the rules and those aimed at reducing penalties in order to ensure fairness .

The rules of golf are contained in the book entitled "Rules of Golf", which is published regularly and which also includes the rules governing the status of amateur. In Italy, Federgolf has the task of guaranteeing the correct application of the rules issued by the R&A during competitions and of ensuring that the Clubs and Associations respect these rules.

Furthermore, Federgolf manages sporting justice resulting from their failure to comply, protecting the interests of athletes abroad.

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