New Rules of Golf

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By Darius V

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  1. Darius V

    Darius V
    Barrie, ON

    Well... It is now 2019 and the new updated Rules of Golf come into effect. It is going to take some time to get used to some of the new drop rules related to lost ball and "Penalty Areas". As I continue to study the new rules, I think the one I will find the most helpful will be the ability to remove stones from bunkers. Okay - I always did anyway unless I was playing in a tournament where it was not already allowed, but now the rule reflects sensibility as no one ever deserved to get hit by a stone flying out of the bunker. After going through the rule changes, which ones stand out for you as a great improvement to the game ?

  2. Todd J

    Todd J
    Calgary, Alberta

    I like the 3 minute lost ball search rule and the option to leave the flag stick in the hole. Anything to speed the round up.
  3. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    I am hoping the local rule for OB balls will really speed up play, although most of the folks i see hitting lots of OB balls never did the stroke-and-distance anyway.
  4. Trevor S

    Trevor S
    Calgary, AB

    I believe they will all help if they are put into practice. Too many times I see players searching for well over 5 minutes for their golf ball.
    The flag in rule will take sometime for players to adjust to as I feel it will be too much of a habit of pulling the flag out once everyone is on the green. I am not sure many groups are going to leave it in, or will leaving it in speed up play.

    In the end it is up to the people you are playing with to speed the game up. I will always drop hints or explain ways to make sure my foursome is keeping pace. Simple things like parking the cart at least pin high or at the back of the green goes along way in speeding up play.

  5. Deno

    Deno
    Hawthorne, NJ

    Taking the flag out rule only started in the 60's. Before that, The flag was allowed to stay in. I like giving the player the choice again.
  6. Dale V

    Dale V
    Escondido, CA

    I am most worried about taking a drop at knee level. At age 60, not sure i can bend down that low. :)
  7. Deno

    Deno
    Hawthorne, NJ

    Good one Dale :)
    The old back over the shoulder drop was another odd position.
  8. Hari S.

    Hari S.
    Medicine Hat,

    I think the biggest benefit to help speed up the game will be being able to take a drop for a LB. Also, when I am playing practise rounds and hitting multiple shots from the same spot, I don't take out the flagstick and that also helps speed things up.
  9. Deno

    Deno
    Hawthorne, NJ

    My only problem with the new rules is that the USGA is trying to speed up the our game while tour pros and their caddies look over "maps" like battlefield commanders and walk the green from end to end and side to side afterwards. If we as public golfers did that much procrastinating, we would be called slow players. I always believed caddies shouldn't be reading putts and should be on the green only to remove and return the flagstick.
  10. I saw a large poster sized rules-change over the weekend during the coverage of the PGA Champions event. I am wondering if something similar (smaller) is available. I think generally the changes seem to make sense but it will take some time to adjust. Is there a penalty if you drop the ball from shoulder height out of habit?
  11. Darius V

    Darius V
    Barrie, ON

    Jason R said:

    I saw a large poster sized rules-change over the weekend during the coverage of the PGA Champions event. I am wondering if something similar (smaller) is available. I think generally the changes seem to make sense but it will take some time to adjust. Is there a penalty if you drop the ball from shoulder height out of habit?

    Jason - I agree that the poster depicting the rules changes would be a good thing to have at a golf course. We will all need time to adjust to the changes. As for your question about dropping the ball from shoulder height - There is no penalty for dropping the ball from shoulder height. The ball must however be picked up and re-dropped properly from knee height before playing it. If you drop the ball from shoulder height and then hit the ball before re-dropping properly you are penalized for playing a ball that has been improperly dropped. Hope that helps...
  12. ahh - that makes sense. Thanks for the clarification!
  13. PAZTOR

    PAZTOR
    Tillsonburg, ON

    Often when playing by myself I will leave the pin in when I putt. I like that it's am option now and I also think the drop for OB is a good rule.

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