New golf rules for 2019: everything you need to know

Nuevas reglas del golf 2019

Next January 1, 2019, the new 2019 Golf Rules come into effect, which will affect all golfers, whether professionals, amateurs or beginners, at all levels of the game and around the world. Here we explain the main changes.

La Manga Club, 27 December 2018 . - On January 1, the new 2019 Golf Rules come into operation and will affect all golfers, whether professionals, elite fans, beginners, low handicap players and club players or those who just play for fun, at all levels of the game and around the world.

These new Rules will be easier to understand and apply to all golfers. They are simpler and fairer and, at the same time, strengthen the principles and character of the game.

Here we detail the 25 most important new developments that will be brought about by these new Rules with explanatory videos provided by the Royal Spanish Golf Federation.

25 most important new developments

Ball moved during search

There is no penalty for moving the ball on the green

Standard to decide if a ball has moved and why

Re-positioning the ball when the original resting point is not known

Procedure for dropping a ball in a relief area

Procedure for dropping a ball in a relief area (I)

Procedure for dropping a ball in a relief area (II)

Procedure for dropping a ball in a relief area (III)

Procedure for dropping a ball in a relief area (IV)

The substitution of the ball when taking relief is always permitted

When to replace the ball that moves on the green

Repair of damage on the green

Touching the line of play on the green

Ball played from the putting green hits unattended flagstick in hole

Concept of penalty areas to supersede water hazards

Touching loose impediments or ground in a penalty area

Moving loose impediments or touching ground in bunker

Unplayable ball in a bunker

Caddie standing behind a player to help line the player up

Caddie lifting ball on the putting green

Promoting faster pace of play (I)

Promoting faster pace of play (II)

Maximum score form of stroke play

Elimination of the requirement to announce the player’s intent to lift a ball

Local Rule. Alternative to stroke and distance for a ball

 

See the full document here in Spanish: New Golf Rules 2019