USGA and R&A ready for major shake up to rules of golf

Golf's governing bodies want to "simplify the code by which the game is played."

Andy Roberts's picture
Tue, 24 Jan 2017

Golf's governing bodies, the USGA and R&A are considering making a number of major changes to several of golf's rules in a bid to help "simplifiy the code by which the game is played."

Of the biggest change to the current rules of golf, it is led to believe the USGA and R&A want to reduce the amount of 'search time' for lost balls from five minutes to three, as well as eliminate the use of club lengths when taking relief and allowing players to drop from any height rather than shoulder length.

Other rule changes include allowing players to repair spike marks on the greens and emphasising the use of red stakes for a water hazard.

While an official announcement is expected in March 2017, the USGA and R&A have been working on these rule changes for the best part of three years. 

It is anticipated that such changes to the rules of golf will take some considerable time to become official, and we could be looking at around 2019. 

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