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For the first time, a new Player’s Edi­tion of the Rules of Golf is be­ing in­tro­duced to pro­vide a shorter, more user-friendly ver­sion of the Rules for golfers at all lev­els of the sport. This ver­sion will serve as the pri­mary pub­li­ca­tion for all golfers and fea­tures a more in­tu­itive or­gan­i­sa­tion with ten sim­pli­fied top­i­cal group­ing, a “Pur­pose of the Rule” de­scrip­tion at the top of each Rule, to bet­ter de­fine why the Rule ex­ists, sim­ple Easy-to-fol­low, full-colour di­a­grams and charts and writ­ten in a more di­rect eas­ily un­der­stood style. Two mil­lion copies of the Player’s Edi­tion will be dis­trib­uted in the United States, its ter­ri­to­ries and Mex­ico by the USGA and a sim­i­lar num­ber to the rest of the world by The R&A, all with the sup­port of Rolex. The new book will be trans­lated into more than 30 dif­fer­ent lan­guages. The Player’s Edi­tion is be­ing launched along­side the mod­ernised full Rules of Golf book, which in­cludes some of the most sig­nif­i­cant changes made to the Rules in more than 60 years. A new Of­fi­cial Guide to the Rules of Golf is also avail­able in dig­i­tal, on web­site and app, with a printed ver­sion be­ing re­leased in Novem­ber. An­other key fea­ture is the Mod­i­fied Rules of Golf for Play­ers with Dis­abil­i­ties. This doc­u­ment is re­leased along­side the Rules of Golf and en­ables play­ers with dis­abil­i­ties to play fairly with other play­ers with the same or dif­fer­ent types of dis­abil­ity and, im­por­tantly, with those with­out dis­abil­i­ties. The Mod­i­fied Rules were de­vel­oped in close con­sul­ta­tion with the com­mu­nity of play­ers with dis­abil­i­ties and dis­abil­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions. All of the new books are avail­able in dig­i­tal for­mats on www.randa. org, and through The R&A and USGA Rules of Golf apps. A range of ex­plana­tory videos and re­sources are avail­able on both web­sites to en­able all golfers to learn about the 2019 Rules. Golfers are re­minded that the cur­rent Rules of Golf re­main in ef­fect for the re­main­der of 2018.

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