January 12th’s Five Basic Rules Questions

I’ll publish the answers to these questions tomorrow. 1. A practice swing made with no intent to strike a ball is not a stroke. True False 2. A leaf sticking to the ball is a loose impediment. True False 3. In the general area, if a player’s ball in play...

New Local Rule for Lost Ball or Ball Out of Bounds

One of the most anticipated “new” Rules for 2019 was the optional Local Rule that provides an alternative to the stroke-and-distance penalty for a ball lost or out of bounds. This situation is on the list of those times when expectations figuratively crash...

Smaller 2019 Rules Changes

In our 30 Days of 2019 Rules Changes series, we highlighted 30 major rules changes. There are, of course, several other smaller rules changes that didn’t quite make the cut. Below, I’ll discuss a chunk of those, and in parentheses, cite the applicable...

Topics Not Addressed or Changed in 2019 Rules

Click here and spend ten minutes to read this PDF. (Or, better yet, get the version from the R&A.) The title of the PDF is “Certain Topics or Proposals Not Addressed in the Proposed New Rules of Golf for 2019” and the topic is precisely that. For...