New Rules of Golf in 2019, part 1: From 34 to 24 Rules!

Hi all!

Today I have som exciting news about the Rules of Golf!

Today the big “Rules of Golf Modernisation” har been published.

Thus, USGA and R&A have published a draft and their thoughts about a remarkable simplification and modernisation of the Rules of Golf, scheduled to take effect in 2019.

Generel remarks.
A few generel remarks about the future changes:

  1. The number of golf rules in the Rule Book will been reduced from 34 to 24.
  2. The Rule book is made easier to read, by a change in the design, in the font, by inserting pictures etc.
  3. The Rule book though will be longer than the existing due to many drawings etc.
  4. A special “players edition” of the Rule book is made, with the Rules seen from a player perspective.
  5. The Decisonsbook will no longer be published – instead a “handbook” with guidelines for interpretation is published.

Specific changes to the Rules of Golf.
In the draft there are MANY changes in the Rules, which will be described in future blogs. Below are a few of them:

  1. Searching time is reduced from 5 to 3 minutes.
  2. In many situations there will no longer be a penalty – e.g. when grounding in a bunker, when removing loose impediments from bunkers etc..
  3. The rules of dropping are simplified – e.g. you don’t have to hold the ball at shoulder height anymore.
  4. The use of a distance measuring device is allowed – unless a local rule prohibits it.
  5. A new playing form in stroke play is introduced – “maximumscore” – where the player is allowed to pick up, when a certain maximumscore for a hole is reached.

Changes take effect in 2019!
The new Rules of Golf are planned to take effect January 1st 2019.

The time schedule is this:

  1. “Commenting-period” from now and until August 2017 – where everybody can comment on the proposed changes.
  2. “Correction-period” from September 2017 until the beginning of 2018.
  3. “Finishing-period” from the beginng of 2018 until the end of 2018, where it is completed and published.

As stated above, I will in the following weeks publish quite a few blogs with much more about these changes.

You can read more about the proposed changes on this link.

Best regards
Brian (


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  1. Richard says

    Funny! They can’t even simplify the announcement that the rules are going to be simplified.

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