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For the past five years golf’s governing bodies have been working on a makeover of the Rules of Golf. And here they are. As of 1 January 2019, the results of the first fundamental Rules review in 34 years come into effect. So with the aid of these simple videos, we present the main changes. These videos and explanations are expected to have the most impact on the game and be of most interest to golfers. They’re organised into eight categories and, within each item, you will find the main reasons for the change.

And if you would like to read about all of the changes, please click here.

But remember, they aren’t in place until the new year, but it will pay to become familiar with them in advance.

So if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.


Your relief area for dropping a ball will be a fixed size of either one or two club-lengths using the longest club in your bag, other than your ... Read more
Your ball must be let go from knee height and fall through the air without touching any part of your body or equipment. Read more
Your ball must come to rest in the relief area where it was dropped, or else it must be redropped. Read more
A fixed distance of the longest club in your bag, other than your putter, will be used for measuring. Read more
In taking lateral relief, you will drop within two club-lengths of where your ball entered the penalty area. The size of a club-length will always be ... Read more
One of your options for relief from either a red or yellow penalty area will be called back-on-the-line relief. Read more
In the new Rules of Golf from January 1, there is no penalty for accidentally moving your ball or ball-marker on the putting green. Read more
When the original location of your ball is not known, replace it on its estimated spot. Read more
New standard to determine if you caused your ball to move. Read more
No penalty for accidentally moving your ball during search. Read more
No penalty if your ball in motion is accidentally deflected by you, your equipment, or your caddie. Read more
Relief allowed without penalty for an embedded ball anywhere (except in sand) in the “general area” (a new term for “through the green”). Read more
For free relief, as well as in penalty situations, players are now entitled to change their ball. Read more
Your ball is lost if not found in three minutes, rather than the current five minutes. Read more
In the new Rules of Golf from January 1, relief is allowed outside a bunker for an unplayable ball for two penalty strokes. Read more
Relaxed Rules relating to loose impediments and touching the ground in a bunker. Read more
Relief from a red penalty area no longer allowed on the opposite side from where the ball last entered the penalty area. Read more
Committees are given the discretion to mark any penalty area as red so that lateral relief is always allowed. Read more
No penalty for moving loose impediments, touching the ground, or grounding your club in a penalty area. Read more
Areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc. (in addition to areas of water) may now be marked as red or yellow “penalty areas.” Read more
No penalty if your ball played from the putting green (or anywhere else) hits the unattended flagstick in the hole. Read more
No penalty for touching your line of play on the putting green so long as doing so does not improve the conditions for your stroke. Read more
Repair of almost any damage allowed on the putting green, including spike marks and animal damage. Read more
After your ball has been lifted and replaced, you would always replace your ball on its original spot, even if it was blown by the wind or moved for ... Read more
The use of DMDs will be allowed unless a Local Rule has been adopted prohibiting their use. Read more
You will not be allowed to replace a damaged club during a round if you were responsible for the damage. Read more
A club damaged during a round can continue to be used, even if you damaged it in anger. Read more
If your club accidentally strikes your ball more than once during a stroke, there will be no penalty and your ball will be played as it lies. Read more
Your caddie may lift and replace your ball on the putting green without your specific authorization to do so. Read more
A caddie is not allowed to stand on a line behind you while you are taking your stance and until your stroke is made. Read more
A new “maximum score” form of stroke play is recognised, where your score for a hole is capped at a max score. Read more
It is recommended that you play “ready golf” and make each stroke in no more than 40 seconds. Read more
A player’s reasonable judgment will not be second-guessed based on later evidence. Read more
When you have good reason to mark and lift your ball, you are no longer required to first announce your intention. Read more
Committees are given authority to adopt their own code of player conduct and to set penalties for breaches of that code. Read more
The proposed new Rules speak to the high standards of conduct expected from players. Read more
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REDLAND BAY: Stroke: A: S Read 66 G Mapson 68. B: D Jennings R Morris 68. C: M Skehan 61 T Crothers 66. Gross: S Hunter 71. NTP: M Skehan (13th), W ... more
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ALBANY: Par: M Lane +3 D Bryson G Wilcox +1 R Barnes R Norman Square R Leonard H Wallis -1. more
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