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Set out below are the 20 most important changes to the rules of golf that come into effect on

1st January 2019

1. SEARCH TIME – REDUCED FROM 5 MINUTES TO 3 MINUTES Rule 18.2a
2. BALL MOVED DURING SEARCH – REPLACE NO PENALTY Rule 7.4
3. EMBEDDED BALL – FREE RELIEF ANYWHERE THROUGH THE COURSE Rule 16.3
4. MEASURING A DROP – USE LONGEST CLUB (EXCEPT PUTTER) Definitions
5. DROPPING – DROP FROM KNEE HEIGHT RATHER THAN SHOULDER Rule 14.3
6. TAKING STANCE ON WRONG GREEN IS NOT PERMITTED Rule 13.1f
7. BALL UNINTENTIONALLY HITS PLAYER OR EQUIPMENT – NO PENALTY Rule 11.1
8. DOUBLE HIT – NO PENALTY. NOW ONLY COUNTS AS ONE STROKE Rule 10.1a
9. TOUCHING SAND IN BUNKER INCIDENTALLY IS PERMITTED Rule 12.2b
10. LOOSE IMPEDIMENTS CAN BE REMOVED ANYWHERE INCLUDING HAZARDS Rule 15
11. DROPPING A BALL OUT OF A BUNKER – 2 PENALTY STROKES Rule 19.3
12. WATER HAZARDS – NOW CALLED “PENALTY AREAS” Definitions
13. TOUCHING GROUND IN PENALTY AREA – NO PENALTY Rule 17
14. BALL MOVES ON GREEN AFTER BEING MARKED – REPLACE, NO PENALTY Rule 13.1d
15. BALL ACCIDENTLY MOVED ON PUTTING GREEN – REPLACE, NO PENALTY Rule 13.1d
16. ALL DAMAGE TO GREEN CAN NOW BE REPAIRED Rule 13.1c
17. POSITIONING A CLUB FOR ALIGNMENT IS NOW NOT PERMITTED Rule 10.2b
18. CADDIE ASSISTING WITH ALIGNMENT IS NOW NOT PERMITTED Rule 10.2b
19. PUTTING WITH FLAG STICK IN HOLE IS NOW PERMITTED Rule 13.2a
20. BALL WEDGED AGAINST FLAG STICK AND SIDE OF HOLE IS DEEMED AS HOLED Rule 13.2c