USGA, R&A an­nounce new set of mod­ern rules for golf

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Golf now has a mod­ern set of rules for the Royal & An­cient game, an ex­ten­sive over­haul that took six years and is aimed at mak­ing the rules eas­ier to un­der­stand.

The R&A and USGA an­nounced the fi­nal ver­sion of mod­ern­ized rules on Mon­day. They take ef­fect in 2019.

“This was out of recog­ni­tion that in try­ing to make the rules more fair, they be­came too com­pli­cated,” said Thomas Pagel, the USGA’s se­nior di­rec­tor of rules and am­a­teur sta­tus. “With 30-plus years of tin­ker­ing, they got com­pli­cated, and that wasn’t good for the game.”

Among the changes will be how to take penalty drops — from knee­high length start­ing next year, in­stead of from shoul­der height. There no longer will be penal­ties if a golf ball ac­ci­den­tally moves on the green, if a club touches the ground in a haz­ard or if the ball hits a flag­stick that is not be­ing tended on the green.

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