THE R&A and USGA have announced what amounts to the biggest overhaul of the rules of golf in more than 30 years.
A comprehensive set of new rule proposals released this week are aimed at modernising the game of golf, speeding up play, and generally making things more fun.
The R&A and the USGA say the joint initiative, which will reduce the number of rules from 34 to 24, aims to make the rules easier to understand and apply.
Golfers get their say
The online release of proposed rule changes will begin a six-month feedback and evaluation period during which all golfers worldwide can learn about the intended changes and provide input before they are finalised in 2018 and take effect on 1 January 2019.
The R&A and USGA has released a preview of golf’s proposed Rules changes. Here’s an infographic of five of the most significant changes, and also a link to video resources and explanations of the proposals expected to have the most impact on the game and to be of most interest to golfers.