“if you can't ex­plain it sim­ply, you don't un­der­stand it well enough.”

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - FOREWORD - BEN POON ben@re­gent­media.sg

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.

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