Make sure you’re playing by the new rules in 2019

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - PAR FOR THE COURSE: GOLF FEATURE -

THE new ‘Rules of Golf’ were im­ple­mented on Jan­uary 1 after an ex­ten­sive re­view and feed­back from the golf­ing com­mu­nity.

The over­haul was done in an ef­fort to stream­line the rules, make them eas­ier to un­der­stand and to make the game more at­trac­tive to new­com­ers.

Rule mod­i­fi­ca­tions in­clude no longer hav­ing a penalty when ac­ci­den­tally mov­ing your ball while search­ing for it or for ac­ci­den­tally mov­ing your ball or ball-marker when it is on the putting green.

This new rule should be par­tic­u­lar­ity pleas­ing to new­com­ers of the game – if your ball in mo­tion ac­ci­den­tally hits you, your equip­ment, your cad­die, some­one at­tend­ing the flag­stick for you or a re­moved or at­tended flag­stick, there is no longer a penalty.

The penalty stroke for ac­ci­den­tally strik­ing the ball more than once in the course of a stroke has also been re­moved. Golfers will sim­ply count the one stroke they made to strike the ball.

The ‘drop­ping pro­ce­dure’ has also been up­dated and you must now drop the ball from knee height.

Not sure what’s in or what’s out when it comes to the new rules?

The of­fi­cial 2019 Rules of Golf can be viewed by vis­it­ing RandA.org.

More than 30 “how-to ap­ply” videos and a sum­mary of the prin­ci­pal changes are avail­able at golf.org.au/new rules.

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