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