GOLF’S NEW RULES PUBLISHED
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, www.usga.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.