2019 Rules of Golf

2019 Rules of Golf

Each week, we will introduce and cover a section of the Rules of Golf that will be changing beginning January 1, 2019.  Check back here for updates each week, find resources and learn more about the new RULES OF GOLF.
Monday, December 10th
Penalty Areas


Question:  Which of the following will still not be permitted for a ball in a penalty area (hazard) for 2019?
  1. Take an Unplayable (correct answer)
  2. Take a Practice Swing - grounding club
  3. Move leaves, sticks, and other loose impediments
Answer:  Penalty Areas Resource Link
 
Monday, December 3rd
New Procedure for Dropping a Ball

Question
:  Starting in 2019, when taking relief a ball will be dropped from:
  1. Anywhere above the ground                                                                     
  2. Knee Height  (correct answer)
  3. Shoulder Height
Answer:  Dropping a Ball Resource Link

Reasons for Change:  The new procedure lowers the height from which the ball is dropped to increase the chance that it stays within the relief area.

Requiring the player to drop a ball (as opposed to placing it) will retain a desired randomness about where the ball will end up:

  • The player has no guarantee that the ball will come to rest on a desired spot or in a good lie.
  • This is especially the case when a ball is dropped in more difficult conditions such as thick rough or longer grass.

Allowing the player to drop a ball from knee height will help to limit the extent to which a ball will embed in sand in a bunker.