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.