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20 must-know rules of golf changes for 2019

Official presentation of the Fundación Alberto Contador’s sports structures

Teams from all around Europe go for Oliva Nova

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On January 17th, at 12:00h, a talk about the new golf rules and regulation for 2019was held at the social room at Oliva Nova’s golf club. Partners, members and general public were present.

Some of them are different in relation to what was originally established. That’s why the manager of the committee for rules and golf courses in the Valencian Federation, Alfredo Martínez Ruiz was also invited. He explained via videos and practical examples some of the new changes in the regulation.

  • 1. Drop from knee height (NOT shoulder height).
  • 2. Measure the area to drop in with the longest club in your bag (except a putter)
  • 3. Drop in and play from the relief area.
  • 4. When dropping back-on-the-line, your ball cannot be played from nearer the hole than your chosen reference point.
  • 5. Time to search – 3 minutes 8NOT 5 minutes)
  • 6. If you accidentally move your ball when searching for it, replace it without penalty.
  • 7. No penalty for a double hit – it only counts as one stroke.
  • 8. No penalty if your ball hits you or your equipment accidentally after a stroke.
  • 9. No penalty if your ball strikes the flagstick when you have chosen to leave it in the hole.
  • 10. Spike mark and other shoe damage on the putting green can be repaired.
  • 11. Ball accidentally moved on putting green – no penalty and replace
  • 12. Ball marked, lifted and replaced on putting green is moved by wind to another position – replace ball on the original spot.
  • 13. Penalty areas replace water hazards, and you can move loose impediments, ground your club and take practice swings in penalty areas without penalty, just as you can on the fairway or in the rough.
  • 14. You can’t take relief from a penalty area unless you are at least 95% certain your ball is in the penalty areas.
  • 15. In bunkers, you can move loose impediments.
  • 16. In bunkers, you cannot touch the sand with your club in the area right in from of or right behind your ball, during your backswing or in taking practice swings.
  • 17. Free relief is allowed if your ball is embedded on the fairway or in the rough (but “embedded· mean that part of your ball is below the level of the ground)
  • 18. Unplayable ball in bunker – extra option to drop outside the bunker for 2 penalty strokes.
  • 19. You cannot have your caddie or your partner standing behind you once you begin taking your stance.
  • 20. Pace of Play – it is recommended that you take no longer than 40 seconds to make a stroke (and usually you should be able to place more quickly than that) and Ready Golf in stroke play is encouraged.
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