I just read some interesting news about the changes to the Rules of Golf that will come into effect propably January 1st 2019.
At the USGA annual meeting in Washington yesterday, John Bodenhamer from USGA according to GolfDigest.com told, that the changes to come not only will be in the content, but also in the way the Rules of Golf are communicated:
– Every aspect of the rules, from the content to how they’re written, to what they look like in writing, is all going to be different, Bodenhamer states.
He also states, that – in order to make the rules more understandable – they will most likely use pictures, drawings and/or even video.
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This must lead to two conclusions:
- The use of non-fysical-books (i.e. apps, Internet, e-books etc.) will be increased, since he mentiones “video”.
- Since the draft to the new rules will be published in March, i.e. very soon, it would be very unlikely (in my opinion), if what Bodenhamer says will not come into effect. In other words it must be very likely, that pictures, drawings etc. will be integrated in the 2019-Rules book.
The use of modern technology is also something that is very much under consideration:
– How come we can’t have an instance where someone (can take their phone) and say “Siri, I hit my ball into a water hazard. What are my options?”, stated Mike Davis from USGA at the same occasion.
“Siri” is software from Apple who can recognise the spoken language and transform it into text, and also e.g. can understand a question and provide a (qualified) answer to this question. The idea thus is, that you can ask your mobile phone a question about the Rules of Golf and then get a (correct) answer, without doing anything else than talking to your mobile phone.
Really interesting ideas, I think. The question is of course, how many of these ideas that will be incorporated in the rules.
Normally the Rules of Golf (the Rules book) are changed in a four-year-cyclus, i.e. in 2012, 2016 and in 2020 (with changes in the Decisions each second year, i.e. in 2016, 2018, 2020 etc.), but the upcoming changes thus are expected to take effect in 2019.
There are no official statements/comments about what will happen to the Decisionsbook (i.e. when it will be changed next time or whether they maybe stop publishing it).