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2019 Rules of Golf Changes

On January 1, 2019, there will be a whole list of new rules changes for the game of golf.  Are you prepared?  Here is a list of the top 20 changes in golf.
  1. Search time - reduced from 5 to 3 minutes
  2. Ball moving during search - replace (no penalty)
  3. Embedded ball - free relief anywhere
  4. Measuring a drop - use longest club (except putter)
  5. Dropping - knee height rather than shoulder
  6. Taking stance on wrong green not permitted
  7. Ball hits player or equipment - no penalty
  8. Double hit - counts as one stroke
  9. Touching sand in bunker incidentally is permitted
  10. Loose implements can be removed anywhere
  11. Drop a ball out of a bunker - 2 penalty stroke
  12. Water hazards now penalty areas
  13. Touching ground in water/penalty areas acceptable
  14. Ball moves on the green after being marked - put back without penalty
  15. Ball accidentally moved on putting green - replace (no penalty)
  16. Can repair all damage on green
  17. Positioning a club for alignment not permitted
  18. Caddie assisting with alignment not permitted
  19. Ball hitting a flagstick on putting green allowed
  20. Ball wedged against side of hole and flagstick deemed as holed.