Golfs New Rules: The Key Changes

The R&A and the USGA have released golfs new rules, which will take effect on 1st January 2019. Here are five of the most significant changes…

How to Drop a Ball

You will drop your ball from knee height into the relief area.


Time for Ball Search

Three minutes will be the maximum allotted time to search for a ball, rather than the current five minutes.

Repairing Spike Marks

You will be allowed to repair spike marks and any other damage on the putting green by a person or an animal or maintenance practices.

Leaving Flagstick in the Hole

If you make a stroke from on the green and your ball hits the flagstick in the hole there will be no penalty.

Relaxed Rules in Penalty Area

You will be allowed to ground your club and move loose impediments in a penalty area (an extended concept of water hazards that does not include bunkers).