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Top 20 Changes to the Rules of Golf – Part 1

This is our first video of 2019 and I have decided to do a 4 part series on the Top 20 Changes to the Rules of Golf – Part 1.

To try and remember rules out of a book, particularly the Rules of Golf, is a daunting proposition!  Watching the 20 most important changes and how they will affect your thinking on the course, is going to help your golf game tremendously in 2019. This video is going to cover the first 5 changes.  The other 15 will be available on my teaching platform at https://melsolegs.misport.golf/  

I am inviting you to view this website where you will have access to all my teaching videos and the ability to send me videos on a regular basis for swing analysis.  The first month is free, so you will be able to see all 20 rule changes in your visits in the first month.  However, if you want continues access plus the swing analysis from me, the cost will be a nominal $8 per month.

For now, on with the new rule changes!

  1. The first change is to the definition of “a club length.” In the past, this has been the longest club in your bag, including the putter.  For some long putter users, the putter is much longer than the driver.  So in the future “a club length” will be the longest club in your bag excluding the putter!
  2. Rule #7 involves moving a ball during a search.  In the past, there was a penalty if you accidentally moved your ball, particularly if it was in long grass and you did not see it until your foot hit it! The rule is now clear.  An accidental move will not incur a penalty, no matter who accidentally moves it.  The ball must be replaced as close as possible to the spot and in similar conditions to where it was before it was moved.
  3. The Double Hit!  We have all had a double hit sometime while playing the game we love.  But a really unfair penalty, as it was not intentional.  Now, there is no penalty.  A double hit will only count as one stroke!  Yay!

Two more!

Positioning the club to help alignment. 

       4.  I have always told my students who have a hard time lining up on the golf course, lay the club on the ground in the direction you want to aim, put your feet in place, lift the club, and play the shot.  This is no longer allowed.  If you have trouble getting lined up on the golf course, come and see me and I will give you something else that will still allow you to line up correctly!

        5.  Alignment help using a caddie or partner.  This does not apply to most Americans, as most of you use a golf cart.  However, some courses in the US still have caddies, and certainly, in                         Scotland and Ireland, there are caddies available. In the past, players could ask their caddie to stand behind them while they were playing a shot and check that they are aligned correctly.                   This is no longer allowed.  The player is the only person responsible for their alignment!

So there you have it.  The first 5 of the Top 20 Significant Changes to the 2019 Rules of Golf.  To see the rest of the rule changes, please visit https://melsolegs.misport.golf/  If you like what you see and would like exclusive access to a lot of my teaching videos that will not be available anywhere else, or you would like me to be your personal coach, and you can send me your golf swings for analysis, please join for only $8 per month.

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