Golf's new rules have been set for January 1, 2019, and one of the big improvements to help modernise the game is being able to GROUND YOUR CLUB in a hazard.
The R&A and USGA recently set up an 'an extensive review that included a request for feedback from the global golf community on the proposed changes.'
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On the subject of hazards, golf's governing bodies have declared golfers can now touch the ground with their golf club in hazard and can even move impediments in a hazard without any penalty. The rule has been classed as "relaxed rules in a penalty area."
So this sort of rule will help you out the next time you find yourself trying to balance yourself in a stream in order to make sure you don't touch the hazard. You won't be penalised for now doing so.
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On top of this, golfers can move loose impediments in bunkers and will not be penalised for generally grounding their club away from their ball.
However, you still CANNOT ground your club when playing a BUNKER shot.
You can still take an unplayable lie from a bunker, should you need to, but with a drop out for two strokes.