Upcoming Rules Changes 2019

As many of you already will know, from the 1st of January 2019 there will be major rule changes in the Rules of Golf. Below you have an overview of the most dramatic changes for the new season.

Rule 10: Double-hit, when you accidentally double-hit your ball, the shot counts as one shot, not as 2 shots anymore.

Rule 13: Hitting the flagstick is now allowed when the ball is laying on the green. There is no more a 2-shot penalty when the flagstick is struck.

Rule 14: Dropping the ball is no longer from shoulder height but from knee height.

Rule 15: Loose impediments in a penalty area (bunker or hazard) are now allowed to be removed without a penalty shot. Loose impediments are stones, twigs, etc.

Rule 18: The time that a player is allowed to search for his ball is reduced from 5 to 3 minutes.