RE­OR­GAN­IS­ING THE RULE BOOK

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The new rule book will fo­cus on what the typ­i­cal player needs to know. In­for­ma­tion that is only rel­e­vant to Com­mit­tees who or­gan­ise com­pe­ti­tions or over­see the golf course is moved to a sep­a­rate “Com­mit­tee Pro­ce­dures” doc­u­ment sit­ting out­side the Rules of Golf. For ex­am­ple, that doc­u­ment will cover all mat­ters about run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion (such as giv­ing out score cards) and about adopt­ing Lo­cal Rules and their rec­om­mended word­ing. The Num­ber of Rules has also been re­duced from 34 to 24; this has been achieved by re­struc­tur­ing the Rules, com­bin­ing cer­tain re­lief pro­ce­dures and re­mov­ing the Com­mit­tee spe­cific in­for­ma­tion. The ba­sic Rules for in­di­vid­ual match play and in­di­vid­ual stroke play are cov­ered in Rules 1-20. Other forms of play (in­clud­ing those in­volv­ing play with a part­ner) are cov­ered in Rules 21 to 24. The R&A are also mov­ing the con­tents of more than 100 key De­ci­sions into the body of the Rules. This ap­proach makes the Rule book it­self longer, but re­duc­ing the word count in the book is much less im­por­tant than al­low­ing the reader to find all Rule an­swers in a sin­gle doc­u­ment. The tra­di­tional “ques­tion and an­swer” De­ci­sions book will be re­placed with a “Hand­book”. The Hand­book will give or­gan­ised ex­plana­tory guid­ance on each Rule where needed rather than us­ing “De­ci­sions” as the sole method of pro­vid­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tions of the Rules. For more de­tails please visit www.rules.golf/Re­or­gan­is­ing-the-Rule-Book.

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