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NEW GOLF RULES 2019 | The 20 Most Important CHANGES

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Hello and welcome my name is Eve tanta from expert golf and today I’ll give you an overview of the rules changes for 2019 you may have heard that new rules apply from 2019 in this video I’ll be giving you a summary of the 20 most important changes if you think they’re hard to remember please check out my golf Rules quick reference which contains a summary of these changes as well as all other applicable rules that way you’ll always have them with you on the course for easy reference and now let’s take a look at the changes from 2019 you’ll only have three minutes to search for a ball previously it was five minutes please take a quick look at your watch before you start the search as this will speed up the game considerably when you’re looking for your ball in high grass you might accidentally tread on it and move it you used to get a penalty for doing so now there is no longer a penalty for this the ball must be put back if the ground is wet the ball may become embedded in the ground when it lands until now you only got relief from embedded balls in closely mown areas like the fairway in the fringe now you can take a free drop from all embedded balls in the general area including in the semi rough and rough until now the player could use any of his clubs to measure out Club lengths now a club length is defined as the player’s longest Club except for his putter until 1984 you had to drop backwards over your shoulder then from shoulder height now you have to drop from knee height if you drop from shoulder height out of habit don’t worry just pick the ball up and drop it again correctly without penalty if the ball lands on the wrong green you’re not allowed to play it from there as this would most likely damage the green previously the player was allowed to take his stance on the wrong green and the nearest point of relief was always on the fringe now you’re also not allowed to stand on the wrong green meaning that the spot for dropping is usually a bit further away from the green if the player hits himself or his own equipment this used to result in a one stroke penalty now there’s no penalty however it must have happened accidentally you’re not allowed to use your equipment or foot as a ball stopper if your club gets stuck when you play a shot and you hit the ball more than once you used to incur one penalty stroke now there’s no penalty and the double hit just counts as one stroke in a bunker the condition of the sand must
not be tested before the stroke is played the club must not be grounded behind the ball and you’re not permitted to touch the sand during practice swings this is still the case from 2019 but the rules are more relaxed when it comes to touching the sand incidentally for instance marks can be smoothed out as long as they are not on the line of play and you’re now also permitted to lean on a club for example previously you were not allowed to touch twigs leaves stones branches and other loose impediments in hazards now they can be removed anywhere including in bunkers and penalty areas which is what water hazards are called from 2019 please bear in mind that the ball is still not supposed to move when removing loose impediments otherwise it must be put back and one penalty stroke is incurred if you declare your ball and playable in a bunker you used to have three dropping options each incurring one penalty stroke the ball usually had to be dropped in the bunker unless you return to the spot where you played your last stroke whereby you lost the entire distance of that stroke now there’s a fourth option available you can drop the ball directly behind the bunker but this will then cost you two penalty strokes instead of just one water hazards are now called penalty areas and no longer have to contain water this means that golf clubs are free to mark other zones as penalty areas to enable players to take a sideways drop and thus speed up the game if you decide to play the ball from a penalty area this is now significantly simpler because you’re allowed to ground the club you can even set it down behind the ball in the water well let’s see if it really makes playing out of water easier if you mark your ball on the green and then put it back and it moves either by itself or by wind it no longer has to be played from the new spot it has to be put back again previously accidentally moving the ball on the green was already without penalty in lots of cases now this type of mishap is without penalty all the time it doesn’t matter whether the club slips out of your hands or you make a practice swing too close to the ball and the ball moves as a result just put the ball back without penalty until now you weren’t allowed to repair the line of putts apart from a few exceptions such as pitch marks and old hole plugs now nearly all damage on the green can be repaired including spike marks but this isn’t free license to smooth out the
entire line of putts as natural imperfections are part of the game some players have the habit of laying the club down on the ground to line up their shots the new rule state that this is no longer allowed this rule change mainly affects professionals on TV you have no doubt seen caddies kneeling behind their player to help them line up the putt this is no longer allowed and will hopefully speed up the game the most major rule change in my opinion concerns the flag hitting the flagstick is now without penalty which means you can always leave the flag in the hole previously the flag had to be removed in this case to let the ball fall into the hole now the ball is classed as having been hold if part of the ball is below the lip this ball is therefore already hold and I can pick it up this was a summary of the 20 most important rules changes that are valid from January 1st 2019 if you have the Golf rules quick reference with you during the round you don’t have to remember anything of that because you will be able to answer all rules questions in a matter of seconds just open the index tab that corresponds to the location of your ball use the headings and illustrations to find your rule situation and the solution is right there by the way this is also available as an iPhone app called a golf rules if you find this video helpful please register with expert golf comm you will then automatically be notified if a new video goes online and we will keep you up to date about all future rules changes free of charge thanks for watching enjoy your golf and see you soon

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