Viewing, Searching the List of Conforming Golf Balls

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Golf manufacturers submit their golf balls to golf's governing bodies be tested. What are they testing? The USGA and R&A test to make sure the ball is in compliance with the equipment standards established in Appendix III of the Rules of Golf.

When looking at the List of Conforming Golf Balls, you'll be struck by just how many golf balls are out there (and how many brands you've never heard of).

What Conforming/Non-Conforming Mean

If a golf ball does not appear on the list of conforming balls, it is most likely to be non-conforming.

What does that mean? A non-conforming golf ball (or any non-conforming piece of golf equipment) cannot be used in any competition that is conduced under the Rules of Golf, nor in any round played under the Rules of Golf (such as rounds whose scores will be reported for handicap purposes).

The golf ball standards in Appendix III of the Rules of Golf govern weight, size, spherical symmetry (the ball must be round, in other words), initial velocity and overall distance standard.

If a golf ball does appear on the list of conforming balls, then it is "legal" to use that ball in any such competition or round. "Conforming" means the golf ball meets all the requirements set forth in the Rules of Golf's equipment standards as established by the USGA and R&A.

Where to View/Search the List of Conforming Golf Balls

Ready to check the list of conforming golf balls? You can do so on the website of either of golf's governing bodies:

Both sites allow golfers to conduct searches of the list; both also offer downloads of the list.

The Comforming Ball List is updated on the first Wednesday of every month.

Info Included in List of Conforming Golf Balls

The list of conforming balls is good for more than just verifying conformity.

It also tells you whether the ball is low, medium or high spin for both drivers and irons; the number of dimples; and the method of construction (2-piece, 3-piece, etc.).

The R&A's Conforming Ball List introductory page (linked above) also includes some good explanatory text and FAQs on the subject.