In 2019, there will be major changes to the game of golf.
Please click the USGA Video Explanations below to access the video.
Here is a PDF summary from the USGA —>USGA PDF
Top 20 Most Important Rules Changes (with links to USGA)
Search Time – Reduced from 5 minutes to 3 minutes
Ball Moved During Search – Replace the ball, NO PENALTY
Embedded Ball – Free relief anywhere through the course
Measuring A Drop – Use longest club (except putter)
Dropping – Drop from knee height rather than shoulder
Taking Stance On Wrong Green Is Not Permitted
Ball Unintentionally Hits Player or Equipment – NO PENALTY
Double Hit – NO PENALTY, It only counts as ONE stroke.
Touching Sand In Bunker Incidentally Is Permitted
Loose Impediments Can Be Removed Anywhere Including Hazards
Dropping A Ball Out Of Bunker – 2 Penalty Strokes
Water Hazards – Now Called Penalty Areas
Touching Ground in Penalty Area – No Penalty
Ball Moves On Green After Being Marked – Replace Without Penalty
Ball Accidentally Moved On Putting Green – Replace No Penalty
All Damage To Green Can Now Be Repaired
Positioning A Club For Alignment Is Not Permitted
Caddie or Partner Assisting with Alignment is Now Not Permitted
Putting With Flag Stick In Hole Is Now Permitted
Ball Wedged Against Flag Stick And Side Of Hole Is Deemed As Holed