The USGA and R&A show some heart with changes to the Rules of Golf

The USGA and R&A have revised some golf rules commencing 1st January 2016 …. the key ones being :

  1. Ban on the anchored putting stroke
  2. Withdrawl of Rule on Ball Moving After Address (Rule 18-2b)
  3. Limited Exception to Disqualification Penalty for Submission of Incorrect Score Card (Rule 6-6d)
  4. Modification of Penalty for Single Impermissible use of Artificial Devices or Equipment (Rule 14-3)

Full details can be read here.

Rules of Golf – Ball Unplayable

Continuing our series of golf rules here is a brief description of Ball Unplayable – prepared by our “Rules Man” Allan McNicoll

Ball Unplayable (Rule 28)

If your ball is in a water hazard and you do not wish to play it as it lies, you must proceed under the water hazard Rule – the unplayable ball Rule does not apply. Elsewhere on the course, if you believe your ball is unplayable, you may under penalty of one stroke:
  • play a ball from where your last shot was played, or
  • drop a ball any distance behind the point where the ball lay keeping a straight line between the hole, the point where the ball lay and the spot on which the ball is dropped, or
  • drop a ball within two club-lengths of where the ball lies not nearer the hole.
If your ball is in a bunker you may proceed as above, except that if you are dropping back on a line or within two club-lengths, you must drop a ball in the bunker.