Rules and Regulations
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 4.3a(1).
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 4.3a(1): 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.