2019 brought in new rules for the game of golf. What are they and what do you they mean for your game?
We will add links to a the full list of new rules for 2019 below. but here is a snapshot of 9 new rules that will have the most effect on your game.
- Lost Ball– Gone are the days when you had a solid 5 minutes to look for your lost ball. You now have 3 minutes.
- Fixing Spike Marks– You can now repair damage on the greens without penalty (included: spike marks to animal damage)
- Accidental ball movement – There are no longer penalties for accidentally moving your ball during a search or on the putting green
- Use of Distance -Measuring Devices- The use of DMD’s are allowed unless a local rule has been adopted stating otherwise.
- Encouraging Prompt Pace of Play– It is recommended that you play “ready golf” and make each stroke in no more than 40 seconds
- Maximum Score Form of Stoke Play– A new “maximum score” form of stroke play is recognized, where your score for a hole is capped at a max score.
- Elimination of the Requirement to announce the players intent to lift a ball– When you have a good reason to mark and lift your ball, you are no longer required to first announce your intention.
- Reasonable judgement in estimating and measuring– A player’s reasonable judgement will not be second-guessed based on later evidence.
- Droppping when taking relief- When you are required to take a drop, the procedure is to drop from knee height .
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