“if you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
The Rules of Golf have been a set of universally accepted regulations since 1952 when The USGA and The R&A came together to produce a unified set of rules for all golfers around the world to abide by. Over the years there have been many revisions owing to many reasons, but mostly due to practicality.
Of course as we all know, having such an all-encompassing set of rules has proven to be a stumbling block in encouraging the take-up of the game. Ever since the first known written Rules of Golf arose in 1744, there have been just as many questions and controversies as there are revisions.
Which brings me to the quote above by Albert Einstein. Mostly, the rules are essential to allow golfers to enjoy the game of golf as it was meant to be played, and to create a level and fair playing field regardless of abilities. But some rules are simply too complicated for the average golfer to comprehend and others seem unduly harsh and unfair.
Recognising this, both governing bodies of the game have once again come together to do a major revision of the rules in a bid to, “Bring the Rules up to date to fit the needs of the game today globally.” Hence they have embarked on an ambitious yet timely, Fundamental Revision to the Rules of Golf for 2019. To find out more, do visit www. rules.golf and give your feedback on the proposed new rules of golf.