For only the fifth time in the history of the game the governing bodies have announced a major change to the Rules of Golf. On March 1 the USGA and R&A unveiled a modernization project that will make the rules easier to read, understand and apply.
The USGA’s Executive Director, Mike Davis and Senior Director of Rules of Golf and Amateur Status, Thomas Pagel, launched the preview stage of the project on Channel’s Morning Drive. “The proposed changes are true to the principles of the game: play the golf course as you find it and play the ball as it lies. We just looked at every rule and decided how we could make it simpler.”
The project is five years in the making. A joint committee of USGA and R&A officials considered everything in the attempt bring simplicity to a complex set of rules. The objectives included making the rules easier to understand and apply; balance consistency, simplicity and fairness; and reinforce the game’s longstanding principles and character.
From March 1 to August 31 the golf community is encouraged to weigh in on the proposed changes. An overview and resources are available by CLICKING HERE.