Golf Rules 2019

March 12, 2018
The USGA and R&A have released the new Rules of Golf, to be implemented January 1, 2019.

The two organizations finalized golf's new Rules this month after an extensive review that included a request for feedback from the global golf community on the proposed changes.

Some of the key changes to the rules include:
  • New Procedure for Dropping a Ball -- your ball must be let go from knee height and fall through the air without touching any part of your body or equipment
  • Time for Search Before Ball is Lost -- your ball is lost is not found in three minutes (rather than the current 5 minutes)
  • Repairing Damage on the Putting Green -- repair of almost any damage allowed on the putting green (including spike marks and animal damage)
  • Ball Played From Green Hits Unattended Flagstick in Hole -- no penalty if your ball played from the putting green (or anywhere else) hits the unattended flagstick in the hole
  • Measuring in Take Relief -- the golfer's relief area will be measured by using the longest club in his/her bag (other than a putter) to measure one club-length or two club-lengths
You can find all the new rules and much more by visiting: usga.org/golfrules2019

See below for the updates timeline for the 2019 Rules of Golf Timeline:



Keep in mind, the Rules of Golf will remain the same in 2018.
March 1, 2017
The USGA and R&A unveiled a preview of proposed new Rules of Golf as a part of a joint initiative to modernize the Rules and make them easier to understand.  By releasing their proposal at this time, they are actively looking for and accepting feedback before finalizing the Rules in 2018 and putting them into effect on January 1, 2019.

The proposed 24 new Rules, reduced from the current 34, have been written in a user-friendly style with shorter senteneces, commonly used phrases, bulleted lists and explanatory headings.  The initiative also focuses on assessing the overall consistency, simplicity and fairness of the Rules for play.

Below you will find various resources that explain the proposed new Rules:

Major Proposed Changes
Rule Changes Summary Chart
Key Changes
FAQs
Draft Player's Edition of the Rules of Golf for 2019
Draft Proposed New Rules of Golf for 2019

If you are interested in providing feedback, you can do so here: http://www.usga.org/rules-hub/rules-modernization/feedback-landing-page.html

More Resources

Also join in the conversation on social media using #GolfRules2019

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