BIG CHANGES: The biggest changes to the official Rules of Golf came into effect on January1, 2019.
BIG CHANGES: The biggest changes to the official Rules of Golf came into effect on January1, 2019. Felicity Ripper

The most important Rules of Golf changes you need to know

EMBRACING our wide open spaces and scenic backdrops, playing golf is a favourite pastime for many locals of the Burnett.

And with much welcomed rain and sunshine creating vibrant greens across the region, the popularity of the sport isn't about to wane.

But there are some changes golfers need to be aware of that came into effect on January 1.

For five years golf's worldwide governing bodies have been working on a makeover of the Rules of Golf, and the USGA and R&A recently published a shorter, user-friendly version of the Rules.

According to Golf Australia the 10 main changes golfers need to know are:

1. New dropping height.

All drops must be from knee height.

2. New dropping procedure.

Ball must land in and come to rest

in relief area.

3. Time reduced for search.

Ball is lost if not found within 3 minutes.

4. Putting with flagstick in.

Hitting unattended flagstick in hole

now allowed when putting.

5. Spike mark repair on green.

Repair of almost any damage to green

now allowed.

6. Ball or ball-marker moved on green.

No penalty for accidental movement

of ball or ball-marker on green.

7. Ball accidentally moved

while searching.

Replace ball with no penalty.

8. Loose impediments in bunker

or penalty area.

Removal of loose impediments in

bunker or penalty area now allowed.

9. Touching line of play on green.

Touching line of play on green now

allowed.

10. READY GOLF (in Stableford, Stroke

Play, Par). The new Rules actively

encourage Ready Golf.


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