Click on link below for the major 2019 rule changes (with video).

2019 Rule:  Rule 5.6 will encourage prompt pace of play by recommending that:

Players should recognize that their pace of play affects others and they should play promptly throughout the round (such as by preparing in advance for each stroke and moving promptly between strokes and in going to the next tee).

A player should make a stroke in no more than 40 seconds (and usually in less time) after the player is able to play without interference or distraction.

In addition, new Rule 6.4 will expressly allow playing out of turn in match play by agreement, and for stroke play, will affirmatively allow and encourage players to play out of turn in a safe and responsible way to save time or for convenience (also known as “ready golf”).


  • Currently you cannot touch or move loose impediments that are in the bunker.

As of January 2019, before playing your ball in a bunker, you may remove loose impediments and moveable obstructions.


  • Currently you cannot take relief outside the bunker.

As of January 2019, for a total of two penalty strokes, the player may take back-on-the-line relief outside the bunker on a reference line going straight back from the hole through the spot of the original ball.


  • Currently you cannot play with a damaged club.

As of January 2019, A player will be allowed to keep using and/or to repair any club damaged during the round, no matter what the damage and even if the player damaged it in anger.

A player will not be allowed to replace a damaged club, except when it is damaged during the round by an outside influence or natural forces or by someone other than the player or his or her caddie.


  • Currently if a player moves the ball while searching for it, he/she generally gets a one-stroke penalty and when the player does not know the ball’s exact original spot, he/she must return it to play by dropping it as near as possible to that estimated spot.

As of January 2019, there is no longer a penalty. Replace the ball in the original/estimated spot and condition.