The USGA’s Major Proposed Changes to the Rules of Golf
For the first time since 1984, the USGA and R&A are expected to finalize a comprehensive set of new rules that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2019. The proposed rule changes aim to modernize the sport, improve pace of play and make the rules easier to understand and apply for all golfers. Take a look and let us know which you think are most important in the comments.
Why are we waiting another year to implement these good changes?
At first read I am excited about the new rules. I still remember that penalty I received for hitting the flagstick when putting during my club tournament Our foursome was running behind and it was such a difficult long putt, I took my stroke never dreaming I would make it to the hole.
Quite a few amateur golfers don’t rake their footprints after playing out of sand traps. I always felt it was not fair to those players who do rake the the sand every time to have to play out of someone else’s footprints or divots. A free drop in the sand would be appropriate after consulting with other players in group, and then raking the foot prints.
Love all the rule changes but i agree, why are they waiting until 2019 for this? The “rules” committee should be trying to make golf more fun asap not trying to keep some “integrity” to the game. If golf was more fun and not so penal with everything, maybe more people would enjoy the game. Courses are closing up shop everywhere, we need to make this great game more enjoyable, especially for the 99.9% of amateurs that play it.
Thank you, you guys are doing a great job. love the idea that we have some time to discuss these new rules with our members. Good work!
In the example of moving loose impediments in a bunker, there is no example shown for rocks. Often rocks are encountered that are near the swing line and could damage a club or deflect the swing path and may become an injury hazard to the player or nearby players.
1. Can rocks be removed in the new rule?
2. If removal is OK, can you add that to the example video?
Currently, by local rule only, stones in bunkers can be deemed to be movable obstructions and removed but again that is by local rule only.
Where’s the rule change granting relief without penalty when one’s perfect drive down the middle of the fairway comes to rest in someone else’s unrepaired divot?