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New Golf Rules in 2019: Part One Club

New Rules of Golf 2019

Important Changes in Golf Rules

On January 1, 2019, a new set of golf rules written by the USGA and R&A will take effect.[1][2]

In March 2018, the R&A and USGA released a complete text of the New Rules of Golf 2019 available for .pdf download. We at the Pine Ridge Golf Club[4] have put together a two-part blog explaining some of the important changes in the rules of golf that you’ll need to know for 2019.[3]

Ball at Rest

Rule 7.4 – Ball Moved During Search

  • No penalty for accidentally moving your ball during search.

Rule 13.1d – No Penalty for Moving Ball on the Putting Green

  • No penalty for accidentally moving your ball or ball-marker on the putting green.

Rule 9.2 – Standard for Deciding Why a Ball Moved

  • New standard to determine if you caused your ball to move.

Rule 14.2c – Replacing Ball When Original Spot is Not Known

  • When the original location of your ball is not known, replace it on its estimated spot.

Ball in Motion

Rule 11.1 – Ball in Motion Accidentally Deflected

  • No penalty if your ball in motion is accidentally deflected by you, your equipment, or your caddie.


Rule 4.1 – Use of Clubs Damaged During Round

  • A club damaged during a round can continue to be used, even if you damaged it in anger.

Rule 4.3 – Use of Distance-Measuring Devices

  • You will not be allowed to replace a damaged club during a round if you were responsible for the damage.
  • The use of DMDs will be allowed unless a Local Rule has been adopted prohibiting their use.

Taking Relief

Rule 14.3 – New Procedure for Dropping a Ball

  • 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 putter.
  • Your ball must be let go from knee height and fall through the air without touching any part of your body or equipment.
  • Your ball must come to rest in the relief area where it was dropped, or else it must be re-dropped.
  • You may always substitute a ball when taking relief.

Procedure for Taking Lateral Relief

  • 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 measured using the longest club in your bag, other than your putter.

Procedure for Taking Back-on-the-Line Relief

  • One of your options for relief from either a red or yellow penalty area will be called back-on-the-line relief.

Rule 18.2 – Time For Search Before Ball is Lost

  • The time for a ball search (before the ball becomes lost) will be reduced from 5 minutes to 3 minutes.

Rule 16.3 – Relief For an Embedded Ball

  • Relief allowed without penalty for an embedded ball anywhere (except in sand) in the “general area” (a new term for “through the green”).

Playing a Ball

Rule 10.2b(4) – Caddie Standing Behind a Player to Help Line the Player Up

  • A caddie is not allowed to stand on a line behind you while you are taking your stance and until your stroke is made.

Rule 14.1b – Caddie Lifting Ball on the Putting Green

  • Your caddie may lift and replace your ball on the putting green without your specific authorization to do so.

Rule 10.1a – Ball Accidentally Struck More Than Once During a Stroke

  • 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.

Stay tuned for next month as we will release the New Golf Rules in 2019: Part Two. For more information about the new rules, see The Full Text of Rules. For any other questions regarding the Pine Ridge Golf Club, contact us online or give us a call at 541-747-2517.[5][6][7]


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  2. ^ R&A (
  3. ^ New Rules of Golf 2019 (
  4. ^ Pine Ridge Golf Club (
  5. ^ The Full Text of Rules (
  6. ^ contact us online (
  7. ^ 541-747-2517. (

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