The governing bodies of golf are changing the rules. Set to take effect in 2019, these rules will designed to make the game simpler for the average golfer to play. They are discarding the decisions book entirely and reducing the number of rules from 34 to 24. Well, I can say that it is about time!
One of their unique ideas is to ask the public for comments on the proposed changes or to add any they think would enhance the fun of playing golf. Making the rules simpler will definitely help. Additionally, I have a couple of rules I would like adopted in the upcoming changes:
- The 30 Second Rule – If you can pick up your ball and place it back in the spot you just hit from within 30 seconds. No penalty.
- First Tee ‘Do Over’ Rule – You arrive at the first tee before 7 am and duff your drive – you get a ‘do over’ because you are not warmed up yet. No penalty.
- The Putting Rule – On the first green, if it has not been cut yet, you can take two putts from the same spot to get a feel for the speed. If the ball drops on either stroke count one!
- Foot Wedge Rule – Used regularly and without shame anyway; Each player is allotted one foot wedge per 9 holes. No Penalty.
- Ball Replacement Rule – when on the green, you can exchange positions with another player once per 9 holes. No Penalty.
There you have it. New rules to make the game more fun and enjoyable for the weekend duffer. Before you point fingers, I am pretty sure you have used a couple of rules already. If we already use them, then let’s codify their existence.
Okay, I am kidding about the rules above being official, but I think it would be great fun to play in a tournament where these rules applied. Why not, golf is meant to be fun anyway.
What rule (s) would you like to seen in the upcoming changes proposed by the governing bodies of golf?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!