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New Golf Rule Changes

Golf’s joint governing bodies, the R&A and the USGA have introduced 24 new rules which come into effect on 1st January 2019.

The Key Rule Changes are:

  1. Time to locate lost ball reduced from five minutes to three
  2. When taking a penalty drop, players will now drop the ball from knee height
  3. There will be no penalty for a double hit
  4. Players can remove loose impediments from bunkers and other hazards, without penalty
  5. There will be no penalty if a golfer accidentally brushes the sand on his backswing in a bunker
  6. Ready golf will be encouraged
  7. Golfers may leave the falg in the hole while putting on the green – if the ball hits it there will be no penalty
  8. Repairing spike marks will now be permitted
  9. If a golfer hits a shot out of bounds, he or she will now go to the spot where the ball entered the hazard and drop it under a two shot penalty. So no more ‘three off the tee’
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