Local Rule Concerning Accidentally Moving the Ball on the Putting Green:
USGA has approved and the CWDGA has adopted the following Local Rule. The CWDGA strongly recommends member clubs incorporate this Local Rule:
"If you, your partner, your caddies, or your equipment accidentally moves a ball or ball marker on the putting green, there is no penalty and the ball should be replaced. The Rule also applies to your opponent or opponents in match play, the other side's caddies, and equipment. "
Click here for the USGA's description of this new Local Rule.
Rules Changes Under Consideration For 2019The USGA is proposing 33 changes to the Rules of Golf to be considered for 2019. Many of these changes seem like common sense and are intended to help speed the game. HOWEVER, these are just proposed changes at this point and are NOT in effect at this time.
To view all of the proposed changes at the USGA website, click here.
Limiting the use of Video
The USGA and R&A issued a new decision (Dec. 34-3/10) which implements standards for Rules Committees in limiting the use of video.
The USGA and R&A have enacted a new decision intended to limit the use of video review. Decision 34-3/10 introduces two new standards. The “naked eye” standard says that if the player did not feel and could not have seen the breach nor did the person standing next to the player, there should not be a penalty even when video technology shows otherwise. The “reasonable judgement” standard says that when a player determines a spot, position, line, area, distance, or other location in applying the Rules, the player should not be held to a higher degree of precision that might be provided by video evidence.
The full decision and explanation is available on the USGA website: