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Dealing with Loose Impediments

Dealing with Loose Impediments

USGA Rule 15 addresses dealing with “loose impediments” and is one of the most frequently used rules in our rural game. And it is one of the rules that has undergone a substantial change with the revision of the rules, which came into force in 2019. But let’s take things one at a time. Dealing […]

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Flagstick In The Hole – Yes Or No?

Flagstick In The Hole – Yes Or No?

One of the main USGA 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 about whether the flagstick is more of a help or a hindrance to holing the ball. Flagstick In In an empirical study, […]

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Golf Rules 2019 – What’s new in bunkers?

Golf Rules 2019 – What’s new in bunkers?

Golf Rules New in the Bunker 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 […]

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

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

Golf Rules 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 […]

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Golf Rules 2019 – What’s new in the Basic Rules?

Golf Rules 2019 – What’s new in the Basic Rules?

Golf Rules New 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) […]

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

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

Golf Rules 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 not […]

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

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

Golf Rules New in the Penalty Area 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 […]

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

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

Golf Rules – 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, […]

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New Golf Rules 2019

New Golf Rules 2019

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

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