Happy New Year... golf's new modernised rules have landed! In no particular order, we list the most


#1 - SEARCH TIME REDUCED FROM 5 MINS TO 3 MINS

#2 - BALL MOVED DURING SEARCH - REPLACE, NO PENALTY

#3 - EMBEDDED BALL - FREE RELIEF ANYWHERE THROUGH THE COURSE

#4 - MEASURING A DROP - USE LONGEST CLUB (EXCEPT PUTTER)

#5 - TAKE DROPS FROM KNEE HEIGHT RATHER THAN SHOULDER HEIGHT

#6 - BALL UNINTENTIONALLY HITS PLAYER OR EQUIPMENT - NO PENALTY

#7 - DOUBLE HIT - NO PENALTY, NOW ONLY COUNTS AS ONE STROKE

#8 - TOUCHING SAND IN BUNKER INCIDENTALLY IS PERMITTED

#9 - LOOSE IMPEDIMENTS CAN BE REMOVED ANYWHERE INCLUDING HAZARDS

#10 - DROPPING A BALL OUT OF BUNKER - TWO PENALTY STROKES

#11 - WATER HAZARDS ARE NOW CALLED 'PENALTY AREAS', AND THERE IS NO PENALTY FOR TOUCHING THE GROUND IN A PENALTY AREA... REMEMBER, STILL NOT IN A BUNKER THOUGH!

#12 - NEW 'LOCAL RULE' (THIS IS DOWN TO CLUB COMMITTEES TO DECIDE) ALLOWS GOLFERS TO DROP IN THE AREA OF WHERE A BALL IS LOST OR OUT OF BOUNDS UNDER A TWO-STROKE PENALTY

#13 - BALL MOVES ON GREEN AFTER BEING MARKED - REPLACE WITHOUT PENALTY

#14 - BALL ACCIDENTALLY MOVES ON PUTTING GREEN - REPLACE NO PENALTY

#15 - ALL DAMAGE TO GREEN CAN NOW BE REPAIRED

#16 - POSITIONING A CLUB FOR ALIGNMENT IS NOT PERMITTED

#17 - CADDIE ASSISTING WITH ALIGNMENT IS NOW NOT PERMITTED

#18 - PUTTING WITH FLAGSTICK IN HOLE IS NOW PERMITTED

#19 - BALL WEDGED AGAINST FLAGSTICK AND SIDE OF HOLE IS NOW DEEMED AS HOLED


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