Jim Antkiewicz, the Club at
Nevillewood's Director of Golf, outlines here with some additional explanation
the first five of the 20 most important changes to the rules of golf for 2019.
Over the next three months, he will explain the remaining 15 rules and how they
pertain to your golf rounds this summer. Some of the rule changes are fairly
easy to understand; others are a bit more difficult. This month, he discusses
the first five of the new 20 rules.
time reduced from five minutes to three minutes. Rule #18. Nothing out of the ordinary here.
The clock starts when the player arrives at the spot and starts looking for
his/her golf ball.
moved during search. Replace with no
penalty. Rule #7. Previously, a one shot penalty would incur if the player
moved his/her ball during the search.
ball. Free relief in the "general
area." Rule #16. An "embedded ball" is when a player's ball is
in its own pitch-mark made as a result of the player's previous stroke and
where part of the ball is below the level of the ground. Previously, a
player would only get relief in "closely mowed areas" such as a
fairway or the approach. "General
Area" is defined as the area that covers all the course except for four
defined areas: 1) the teeing area the player must play from in starting a hole
he/she is playing; 2) all penalty areas; 3) all bunkers; and 4) the putting
green of the hole being played. So for
2019, if your ball embeds anywhere on the course except in the four area
mentioned above, you are to drop your ball within one club length or where it
originally lie, no closer to the hole. [One
of the first things you may notice if you read the 2019 Rules of Golf is that
the "Definitions" have been placed at the back of the Rule Book. Up
until this year, they were at the beginning of the Rules. So if you are not
familiar with any of the terms in the 2019 Rules of Golf, I would suggest you
refer to the "Definitions" section first.]
a drop. Use the longest club in your
bag (except a putter). Definitions section. When measuring a drop, a player is
to use his longest club with the exception of his/her putter. Previously, a
player could use any club in measuring for a drop.
5) Dropping. Drop from knee
height rather than shoulder height. Rule #14. When taking a drop you are now to
drop your ball from knee height. If you forget and drop from shoulder height,
no problem, just pick up your ball and drop it correctly, no penalty.
Next month, Jim will review
the next five rules.
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