The R&A and the USGA have been responsible for editing the rules of golf since its inception. But in 2014, a reflection on the simplification and understanding of the application of these rules was started. The new 2019 edition rules book is the result of these reflections and, sometimes, calls into question our good old habits. Here is a short overview of the new rules:
1/Get ready to play differently
1/ If you accidentally move your ball looking for it, there is no longer a penalty
2/ If you accidentally move your ball or your mark on the putting green there is no more penalty
3/ Your moving ball accidentally touches you, your equipment, shopping cart, flag … there is no more penalty
4/ Instead of dropper at shoulder height, the ball is now dropped at knee height
5/ The search time of a possibly lost ball passes to 3 minutes instead of 5.
You could think it’s over but still not…
Rickie Fowler s’amusant des nouvelles règles, START-UP GOLF CHALLENGE
6/ You can clear a plugged ball everywhere (except in a bunker), unless a local rule restricts the area to the fairway
7/ You can change the ball at each release, without penalty (after marking a ball on a green for example)
8/ There is no more penalty if a ball is hit from the green and it hits the flag left in the hole.
9/ You can repair any damage on the green. This is no longer limited to pitches and traces of old holes.
10/ You can touch the green or your line of putt by indicating the target as long as it does not improve the conditions of the shot.
2/ Ready to play?
This dozen new rules will be very useful, both during a competition such as START-UP GOLF CHALLENGE Events, and to accelerate the rhythm of your weekly games.
The rules book has been completely redesigned, made even more fun and accessible thanks to explanatory diagrams. A real blow of youth on centuries old rules!
To know more, please visit the official website of the R&A
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