Rules and RegulationsPro Tour Information
Equipment / Groove Policy
To help ensure that players competing in the Tour tournaments use equipment which conforms with the USGA Rules of Golf, players are encouraged to:
- Confirm with equipment manufacturers that new equipment or samples have been approved by the USGA.
- Have any altered or unusual clubs checked out by a Tour Rules Official before tournament use.
- Verify that the ball chosen to be played is on the USGA’s Conforming Golf Balls list.
If a player fails to submit his equipment prior to competition, he assumes all risk of a ruling should the equipment NOT conform with the USGA Rules of Golf. Additionally, if required by a tour official, a player is obligated to surrender any equipment if it is determined that additional off-site testing is necessary to rule on conformity. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.
The use of distance-measuring devices will be permitted in all APT events. The device must be used to ONLY measure distance. If a player uses a distance-measuring device to gauge or measure other conditions that might affect his play (e.g., elevation changes, wind speed, etc.), the player is in breach of Rule 14-3.
Mobile cell phones may be used to contact an official, check the leaderboard, check the weather forecast or used as an electronic distance-measuring device.
Examples of uses of an electronic device that may assist player in his play and therefore in breach of Rule 14-3: Using the device to ask for or give advice, or Listening to music or a broadcast for prolonged period might assist the player in his play by eliminating distraction or promoting a good tempo.