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I n a joint effort between the USGA and the R&A, with input from the golf community around the world, a new modernized Rules of Golf will go i nto effect January 1, 2019. This should make golfers of every level excited. The objective was to make the Rules easier to comprehend and apply, while keeping its core principles of playing the ball as it lies and the course as you find it. Have you ever wondered why a leaf was treated differently if it was on the putting green or in a bunker? Have you every accidentally caused your ball to move and had to add a penalty stroke to your score? Have you ever wished you could repair that nasty spike mark right in front of your ball? Have you wanted to leave the flagstick in the hole while put- t ing on the putting green? What exactly is "through the green"? Starting in 2019, all of these questions have new answers, that everyone can look at and say "now that makes sense". Below are some of the major changes coming to the 2019 Rules of Golf. Loose Impediments and When You Can Remove Them Loose Impediments (leaves, twigs, pine needles, etc.) may be removed or touched anywhere on the course. This means you can now remove that leaf in a bunker even if your ball is lying in the bunker or penalty area (penalty areas are what we know today as water hazards). Accidental Movement of Ball at Rest There will be no penalty if you accidentally cause your ball to move during search, or cause your ball to accidentally move on the putting green. In other RU L E S O F G O L F Golf 's New Rules: 2019: There is a new era in golf coming. B Y RUSTY HARDER, Director of Rules and Competitions "From our perspective, there is a recognition that there are nine more months of play under the current rules , and so we don't want to really create a mass level of confusion. So you're not really going to hear much from us… until September where we'll be pushing education and doing it at all levels of the game." —Thomas Pagel, USGA Senior Director of Rules & Amateur Status 20 | CAROLINAS GOLF | S U M M E R 2 0 1 8

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