While Furyk may not be a fan of all the rules, he has already circled one for the water cooler. “If I had to be skeptical of one rule, it would be to use the best brands,” he said. The new rules of golf have been in effect since the beginning of the year, after golf associations wanted to make the game easier and faster. A number of big changes have been made in hopes of speeding up the game and making it easier. There will of course be a learning curve as players get used to and understand the changes that seem to affect all areas – equipment, player behavior, pace of play, relief, moving balls/rest to name a few. Change is always difficult, but the reasons for change are noble. V. No more sensitive topic Hitting a ball in a water hazard (now defined as a “penalty zone”) should have consequences. But golfers don`t have to be nervous if they receive an extra penalty for a minor rule violation on the next shot. You are free to touch/move loose obstacles and ground your racquet, eliminating unnecessary worries. The only caveat: you still can`t put down your racket, improving hitting conditions.

You can also remove loose obstacles in bunkers, although touching the sand in a bunker in front of or behind the ball is still prohibited. David Rickman, executive director of governance at The R&A, said: “The rules coming up this year have done a very good job. They are cleverly written and very comprehensive, but the problem is that they are quite discouraging for many people. We have tried to make the regulation much more accessible, much easier to use and understand and much more intuitive. These are important aspects for self-regulating gaming. Players are also allowed to play from the penalty zone without penalty, just like under the old rules if a player hit a shot from a water hazard. But the governing bodies have added the option of a local rule, which saves time in such a scenario. Instead of the player returning to the site of the previous shot in case of a stray ball or a ball out of bounds, the player can take a drop at the point closest to the fairway (within two club lengths of the fairway edge), no closer to the hole than where the ball crossed the OB line. with a two-shot penalty.

If a player hits or loses a ball outside the bounds, the general rules still require the player to return to the location of the previous shot and take a one-shot penalty – a standard hitting and distance scenario. For example, if a player sends a tee over the white posts and out of bounds, he must play another ball from the tee, which becomes the third shot after the penalty. It`s the same scenario for a stray bullet. In the most comprehensive overhaul in more than 60 years, officials at the USGA and the R&A, golf`s governing bodies, have revamped the rules to make them easier to understand and enforce. The number has been reduced from 34 to 24 and the wording has been simplified to make it more practical. Approximately 2 million copies of the Rules of Golf edition were published and distributed this fall. If you haven`t received one yet, you can find it online at usgapublications.com and with how-to videos to usga.org/rules. The free USGA Rules of Golf app has also been updated. The U.S.

Golf Association and the R&A have made changes to the Rules of Golf, which will take effect Jan. 1, and there`s a lot to consider. These changes are part of the governing bodies` efforts to modernize the game, eliminate some unusual rules that could lead to head scratches, and perhaps even speed up the game. III. A Lost Cause To improve the pace of the game, golfers have only three minutes instead of five to look for a missing ball. Admit it, if you didn`t find it in three minutes, you didn`t find it anyway. This is only a local rule, and the course rules committee should consider its use. This rule is not intended for high-level competitions where standard penalties for punches and distances are involved. Think of it as a gift to typical amateurs who speed up the game, but don`t force anyone to walk 200 meters or more to a starting point after learning that a ball is out of bounds. 2019 Rule Changes: Temporary Fixed Obstacles To help you comply with this resolution, here are nine changes to the new rules you need to be aware of. Goodbye water hazards, hello “penalty zones”.

The new rules eliminate various traditional terminologies and contain many dangerous passages in so-called criminal areas. I. The controversy surrounding Dustin Johnson`s ball, which moved onto the green in the final round of the 2016 US Open, revealed that the old rules were too harsh when it came to what many saw as tickytack violations. The new wording, adopted by local rules for the first time since 2017, states that there is no penalty if you accidentally move your ball (or ball marker) around the green. Put the ball back on and you`re good to go. The same applies if you are looking for a stray bullet and accidentally move it. This rule has been changed to speed up the game, but it could have implications beyond the pace of the game.