Proposed New Rules of Golf for 2019

General Club Noticeboard : Proposed New Rules of Golf for 2019

The R&A and the USGA have unveiled a preview of the proposed new Rules of Golf, as part of a joint initiative to modernise the Rules and make them easier to understand and apply, as well as speeding up the pace of play. This begins a six-month feedback and evaluation period during which all golfers worldwide can learn about the proposed changes and provide input before they are finalised in 2018 and take effect on 1 January 2019.

Highlights of the proposed Rule changes include:

  • Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties

  • Relaxed putting green rules

  • Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (formerly water hazards)

  • Relaxed bunker rules

  • Pace-of-play support

  • Simplified way of taking relief

Click here for a more detailed explanation of the proposals and how you can give your feedback to the R&A about the proposals.

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