Rules

FEBRUARY 2019

Click on link at the bottom of the page for the Major 2019 Rule Changes (with video).

 

RELIEF AREA – ONE CLUB-LENGTH OR TWO?

Only two situations in the 2019 Rules of Golf provide for a relief area with a two club-length radius and both involve the method called “lateral relief.”

  1. Occurs when a player takes “lateral relief” from a red penalty area
  2. Occurs if a player declares her ball unplayable and decides to take lateral relief

 

PACE OF PLAY

Rule 5.6 deals with “Unreasonable Delay and Prompt Pace of Play.” It states in stroke play, players may play “ready golf” in a safe and responsible manner. Each player should recognize that her pace of play is likely to affect how long it will take others to play their round.

 

Rule 5.6 b (1) states clearly that taking more than 40 seconds is a clear indicator that a player is taking too much time. You should prepare in advance for your next stroke and be ready to go when it is your turn.

When it is your turn to play:

  • It is recommended you make the stroke in 40 seconds after you are able to play without interference or distraction, and
  • You should usually be able to play more quickly than that and are encouraged to do so.

 

 

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