There have been some new golf rules that have been announced this year, and you can significantly benefit from them. Whether you are playing a small money game with some of your friends or you are trying to qualify for an amateur tournament, you can use these new rules to your advantage.
You no longer have to worry about moving your ball accidentally on the green
Famously in 2016 at the U.S. Open, Dustin Johnson was penalized for accidentally moving his ball during a putt. Whether you hit your ball with a backswing, accidentally kick the ball, or move it while trying to place it back in its original position, you will not be penalized for this issue. This will greatly affect your game as putting is one of the most essential was to lower your score.
You won’t be affected by doubling hitting your chip shots
TC Chen is most famously known for hurting his chances of placing high in a Major decades ago by double hitting his chip shot. This is something that is very easy to do when you are trying to simply chip your shot onto the green. You will now be able to focus more on a good chip rather than worrying about double hitting it.
Spike marks can now be fixed on the green
Spike marks are one of the most difficult things to deal with when they are in the way of your putt. It is now legal for you to fix these marks just like you would be able to fix a chip mark on the green.
Flagsticks no longer have to be removed while you are putting
This is quite possibly one of the most drastic changes in the rules of golf that will make the biggest impact for most weekend golfers. You will be able to save a lot of time not having to take out the flagstick at each hole. This will also keep golfers from forgetting to place the flagstick back once they are done using it.
These new rules can really help you take your game to the next level. If you are trying to get down to scratch or simply are learning to golf under 100, you can take advantage of these rules to have a much better experience overall.