Well, after 11 months of the new rules of golf being implemented, I am not sure that there is any real difference to how most amateurs play. I mean, some of the new rules have made the game easier and yet, the instances where the local players sees a possible impact is almost negligible. I have tried to talk about many of the new rules, but it seems that most players who do not compete could not care less, they just want to play golf. Does seem right to you?
I have played within the rules for 6 months and the only changes that had any real affect on my game were the embedded ball relief, moving loose impediments in a hazard, grounding my club in a hazard, and fixing damage on the green. These four rules seem to be the only ones that routinely affected my game. And to be completely honest, I am not sure how much of an advantage I really gained over the course of a season. Definitely less than a stroke a round.
The new rules are intended to make golf easier and faster to play. It is possible that the governing bodies have achieved their goal, but definitely not at the professional level or the none competitive amateur game. As much as I applaud the rule changes, I am not sure it has made that much difference. Here is what I asked:
So, I am reaching out to the readers of The Grateful Golfer; has the new rules of golf affected your game? If so, how?
I am still on the fence on this issue and will be interested to hear what others think.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!