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Longest club, putter aside, to be used for measuring

Fixed Distances to be Used for Measuring

2019 Rule: A club-length will be defined as the length of the longest club in the player’s bag, except that this cannot be his or her putter.

  • The relief area for dropping a ball will be a fixed size of either one or two club-lengths depending on which relief Rule is being used.
  • The relief area is a fixed size for each player and is pre-determined based on the clubs the player has selected for play.

Reasons for Change:

The definition of a club-length as the longest club other than a putter will mean that a player cannot choose which club to measure with based on the situation.

For example, players will no longer be able to make a strategic choice about the size of the relief area by choosing a longer club so that the player can reach a location that is farther from the nearest point of relief or other reference point.

Using the longest club for measuring will minimize the inconsistency in the size of a relief area between players (including eliminating the advantage for players who currently can use a long putter for measuring).













Posted by Carlos Cobelas at
29/11/2018 11:28 AM
it is , as has always been, a drop within the relief AREA, not the exact length of the club. the latter would be absurd.
Posted by Alan Perkins at
14/09/2018 10:29 AM
In the case of preferred lies is the drop and placement still within the clublength, or must it be to the exact length of the club. Could be difficult and there has been some discussion.

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