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Posts by Yves C. Ton-That

Flagstick In The Hole – Yes Or No?

Flagstick In The Hole – Yes Or No?

One of the main rule changes which came into force in 2019 affects putts – the flag may now be left in the hole when putting. However, this has led to controversy as to whether the flagstick is more of a help or a hindrance to holing the ball. In an empirical study, our rules […]

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Golf Rules 2019 – What’s new in bunkers?

Golf Rules 2019 – What’s new in bunkers?

Touching the sand in the bunker (Rule 12) Previously, touching the sand in the bunker before the stroke was not permitted, except for very few exceptions. Now, touching the sand incidentally is basically allowed, i.e. you are permitted to lean on your club. However, you are still not allowed to test the condition of the […]

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Golf Rules 2019 – What’s new with accidental mishits?

Golf Rules 2019 – What’s new with accidental mishits?

Ball hits the player or equipment (Rule 11) Previously, a penalty stroke was incurred if the player hit himself or his own equipment. Now, this is without penalty provided it happened accidentally. Good to know: You are therefore not allowed to use your equipment or your foot as a ball stopper. Double hit (Rule 10) […]

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Golf Rules 2019 – What’s new in the basic rules?

Golf Rules 2019 – What’s new in the basic rules?

Club-length (Definition) Previously, the player could use any of his clubs to measure out a club-length. Now, a club-length is defined as the longest club in your bag, except for the putter. Good to know: Using extra-long, “broom handle” putters for measuring is thus no longer allowed. Dropping (Rule 14) Previously, the ball had to […]

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Golf Rules 2019 – What’s new with retrieving your ball?

Golf Rules 2019 – What’s new with retrieving your ball?

Search time (Rule 18) Previously, five minutes were available for finding a lost ball. Now, the maximum search time is only three minutes. Good to know: Most balls were previously found within three minutes and searching during the last two minutes was often unsuccessful – it is therefore not expected that this rule change will […]

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Golf Rules 2019 – What’s new in the penalty areas?

Golf Rules 2019 – What’s new in the penalty areas?

Penalty areas (Definition) Previously, water hazards could only be marked as such if they actually contained water. Now, water hazards are called penalty areas and no longer have to contain water. Good to know: This means that golf clubs are free to mark other parts of the course as penalty areas in order to allow […]

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Golf Rules 2019 – What’s new on the green?

Golf Rules 2019 – What’s new on the green?

Hitting the flagstick (Rule 13) Previously, the flag had to be tended or removed as the ball was not allowed to hit it when putted. Now, hitting the flagstick is without penalty, which means you can always leave the flag in the hole. Good to know: Statistically speaking, it is better to always leave the […]

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New Golf Rules 2019

New Golf Rules 2019

As of 2019, new golf rules apply worldwide. It is the most major revision of the rules for more than 30 years. We have summarized the 20 most relevant rules changes in a video for you. Yves C. Ton-That, international rules official and author of the award-winning bestseller “Golf Rules Quick Reference”, guides you through […]

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