Rules of Golf

1st January 2019 saw an update to the rules of Golf, below you'll find links to helpful information aimed at helping to understand how the rules have changed, as well as giving guidance for many common situtations you'll encountered whilst play golf.

Click for a 2 minute video overview of the most important changes.

Click for a 9 minute video that describes some of the most important changes in more detail. 

(when it opens up on the YouTube site, you may need to click "Skip Ad" to go straight to the video).

R&A Official App

R&A Golf club has an Official App for the 2019 Rules of Golf which includes nearly 30 diagrams and how-to videos that help explain the Rules and gives guidance for many common situations. Other features include:

  • Improved search functionality
  • A visual search - to help you quickly find the rule you need
  • Rules of Golf Quiz
  • A Esstentials Section which included animated videos of the Top 10 Rules

It's available for download on the App Store or Google Play is via this link R&A App

Golf Rules - Visual Search

The purpose of this visual search is to help you the golfer, find the Rule relating to your situation within the Player's Edition more easily. It is intended to cover the most common scenarios that you might find yourself in on the golf course and so it does not cover every eventuality. The Visual Search assumes you are playing either Individual Stroke Play or Match Play. Follow this link to access the Visual Serach Tool.


The links below take you to more detailed videos on specific topics and are often accompanied by additional written explanations: (Note most of these links take you to the USGA site, but all video are approved by the R&A and the USGA and are applicable to the 2019 Rules).



Ball accidentally moved during search  

Ball accidentally moved on Putting Green 

Deciding why a ball moved 

Replacing a ball when the original spot is unknown


Measuring the size of the Relief Area

Dropping Procedure

Lateral Relief procedure

'Back on a line' relief procedure

Where a dropped ball must come to rest

Substituting a ball when taking relief


When to replace a ball that moves on the Putting Green

Repairing damage to the Putting Green

Touching the line of play on the Putting Green

Ball hitting the flagstick on the Putting Green


Areas the Committee may mark as Penalty Areas

Touching Loose impediments or ground in Penalty Areas

Elimination of 'opposite side relief' in Red Penalty Areas


Touching loose impediments and sand in Bunkers

Unplayable ball in Bunkers


Caddie or partner standing behind the player to help line up

Caddie lifting the ball on Putting Green


Encouraging prompt pace of play

Maximum Score form of Stroke Play


Expect standards of Player Conduct

Elimination of requirement to announce Intent to Lift Ball


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