As you know the rules of golf will be changing effective January 1, 2019. This is the first major change since 1984. The USGA now has the complete ‘Rules of Golf Book’ in pdf format (click here) on their web site. Now you will be able to see the new layout, wording and the condensing of 34 rules to 24 rules.
You can click on the appropriate rule to go directly to that rule on the USGA website. Note – please give the USGA website time to load the correct rule after clicking.
I. Fundamentals of the Game (Rules 1-4)
II. Playing the Round and a Hole (Rules 5-6)
III. Playing the Ball (Rules 7-11)
Rule 7 – Ball Search: Finding and Identifying Ball
Rule 8 – Course Played as It Is Found
Rule 9 – Ball Played as It Lies; Ball at Rest Lifted or Moved
Rule 10 – Preparing for and Making a Stroke; Advice and Help; Caddies
Rule 11 – Ball in Motion Accidentally Hits Person, Animal or Object; Deliberate Actions to Affect Ball in Motion
IV. Specific Rules for Bunkers and Putting Greens (Rules 12-13)
V. Lifting and Returning a Ball to Play (Rule 14)
VI. Free Relief (Rules 15-16)
Rule 15 – Relief from Loose Impediments and Movable Obstructions (including Ball or Ball-Marker Helping or Interfering with Play)
Rule 16 – Relief from Abnormal Course Conditions (Including Immovable Obstructions), Dangerous Animal Condition, Embedded Ball
VII. Penalty Relief (Rules 17-19)
VIII. Procedures for Players and Committee When Issues Arise in Applying the Rules (Rule 20)
IX. Other Forms of Play (Rules 21-24)
Remember “It is what you think you know is what you don’t know”.