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  1. Greetings, As some of you may be aware, today at 11 a.m. ET, the USGA and R&A will jointly release the Distance Insights Report as well as an accompanying paper with conclusions based on our findings. You and all of our USGA members are central to our organization, and we wanted to take this opportunity to tell you directly what we have done and what we have planned going forward. As part of our mission to champion and advance the game, we are determined to lead the way in addressing the key challenges facing golf so that it may continue to thr
  2. https://www.usga.org/content/dam/usga/pdf/2021/rules/Proposed Rules of Amateur Status - February 2021.pdf An article from GolfWeek on this: USGA seeks to simplify Rules of Amateur status with proposed changes What is the distinction between a professional golfer and an amateur one? The U.S. Golf Association would like to simplify the answer to that question. Together with the R&A, the governing body… Basically, the USGA and R&A are proposing to change the definition of amateur status for golf. If the proposal goes through, you can only lose
  3. Joint Statement Regarding Green-Reading Materials May 1, 2017 The R&A and the USGA believe that a player's ability to read greens is an essential part of the skill of putting. Rule 14-3 limits the use of equipment and devices that might assist a player in their play, based on the principle that golf is a challenging game in which success should depend on the judgement, skills and abilities of the player. We are concerned about the rapid development of increasingly detailed materials that players are using to help with reading greens during a round. We are reviewing the use of the
  4. LIBERTY CORNER, N.J., USA and ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Feb. 22, 2021) – The USGA and The R&A have announced proposals for significant changes to the Rules of Amateur Status that govern the game worldwide. These proposals result from a modernization initiative that has identified a clear need to bring the Rules up to date to reflect today’s global amateur game and ensure that the Rules are easier to understand and apply. The proposed Rules, along with explanations to key changes, have been posted on usga.org and randa.org and the organizations are now inviting feedback from golfers a
  5. Statement from The R&A | The Open in 2020 to be Cancelled Read a statement from the R&A regarding the cancellation of The Open in 2020 at Royal St George's.
  6. Hrm. The USGA/R&A announced today that they were reverting to the 2018 Rules of Golf, save for a few, effectively May 1. The Rules that remain: Penalty areas may still include non-water hazards. The terminology will remain. Ties, penalty areas, general area, etc. Replacing a ball that moves for any reason after being marked will be replaced. Players may take an unplayable out of a bunker for two strokes, back on a line. Players may substitute a ball when they're taking relief. Suffice to say this is a massive setback in terms of promoting the "moder
  7. http://www.usga.org/content/dam/usga/pdf/driving-distance/2018 Annual Driving Distance Report.pdf This is from the press release: LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. and ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Jan. 29, 2019) – The USGA and The R&A have released the 2018 Annual Driving Distance Report, containing driving-distance data from seven men’s and women’s professional golf tours around the world. This is the fourth annual distance report issued by the game’s governing bodies, completed in an effort to monitor current trends in driving distance. The 2018 data show that driving distances on these seven
  8. https://www.usga.org/content/dam/usga/pdf/2017/rules-modernization/downloadable-material/Certain Topics or Proposals Not Addressed in the Proposed New Rules of Golf for 2019.pdf That may be one of the easiest to read and best documents out there. It casually bats away a number of assorted complaints and things about "why didn't they change this" or "why can't I drop from a divot hole," etc. I encourage everyone to take ten minutes to read it.
  9. The USGA and R&A are hosting a teleconference (I'll take part and may "live blog" it if possible this Wednesday, March 1, at 8:30am eastern time. It's scheduled to last one hour. Purpose: The USGA and The R&A will host a joint media teleconference on Wednesday, March 1 regarding the Rules of Golf Modernization initiative. Participants: Thomas Pagel, Senior Director, Rules of Golf & Amateur Status, USGA David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance and Chief of Staff, The R&A The expectation is that the rules will see massive, sweeping changes that greatly simp
  10. This is for the discussion of this portion of the new Modernized Rules. Areas of the Course When to Replace a Ball That Moves on the Putting Green Repairing Damage on the Putting Green Touching Line of Play on a Putting Green Ball Played From Green Hits Unattended Flagstick in Hole Areas the Committee May Mark as Penalty Areas Touching or Moving Loose Impediments or Touching the Ground in a Penalty Area Expanded Use of Red-Marked Penalty Areas Elimination of Opposite Side Relief for Red Penalty Areas Moving or Touching Loose Impediments or Touc
  11. This is for the discussion of this portion of the new Modernized Rules. Player Behavior Expected Standards of Player Conduct Code of Player Conduct Elimination of the Requirement to Announce the Player's Intent to Lift a Ball Reasonable Judgment in Estimating and Measuring
  12. I am just using the language from the USGA question, and posting it here for discussion. I added the "In tournament play" precursor, though, because it's like the USGA/R&A don't consider what virtually everyone already does this in casual/recreational play. So… answer as if you're playing in your club championship or something, not about what you'd do in casual play. This is the type of rules change that could still make it into the 2019 Rules of Golf. So, let's discuss it. I voted as you can see above. Most of the time, OB is in a bad area, and I'd rather take my chan
  13. http://www.geoffshackelford.com/homepage/2017/3/15/by-ignoring-golfs-ties-to-emirates-we-risk-hypocrisy.html That's all well and good, Rory, but… you still play in Dubai and all that, no? Where's the commentary on the atrocities and how "obscene" their behavior is?
  14. This is for the discussion of this portion of the new Modernized Rules. When to Play During a Round Encouraging Prompt Pace of Play Maximum Score Form of Stroke Play
  15. This is for the discussion of this portion of the new Modernized Rules. Ball in Motion Ball in Motion Accidentally Deflected
  16. This is for the discussion of this portion of the new Modernized Rules. Equipment Use of Clubs Damaged During Round Adding Clubs to Replace a Club Damaged During Round Use of Distance-Measuring Devices
  17. This is for the discussion of this portion of the new Modernized Rules. Taking Relief Measuring the Size of the Relief Area Where a Ball Must Be Dropped and Played Proposed New Procedure for Dropping a Ball Where a Dropped Ball Must Come to Rest Fixed Distance (Not Club-Lengths) Used for Measuring Time For Search Before Ball is Lost Substitution of Ball Always Allowed When Taking Relief Relief For an Embedded Ball
  18. This is for the discussion of this portion of the new Modernized Rules. Ball at Rest Ball Moved During Search No Penalty for Moving Ball on the Putting Green Standard for Deciding Why a Ball Moved Replacing Ball When Original Spot is Not Known
  19. This is for the discussion of this portion of the new Modernized Rules. What is this portion? It's the other proposed changes that didn't make the list of "bigger" changes, like… 10.2B(3) What's 10.2B(3)? Well… http://www.usga.org/content/dam/usga/pdf/2017/rules-modernization/rules-and-definitions-2019.pdf says: YAY! I've been on that one for awhile now. That topic was from 2015, but I'd been in favor of something like that for a long time before that.
  20. As last happened in 1984, the USGA and R&A are reviewing the Rules of Golf, top to bottom, end to end, 1 through 34. They tend to do this every 25-35 years or so. They may make sweeping changes. They may decide they pretty much like them as they are. The only guiding principles are… the Principles as outlined in: So, what changes do you think they should make? Why?
  21. http://www.golfdigest.com/story/new-usga-randa-study-finds-unremarkable-increases-in-driving-distance-on-pro-tours It looks like driving distance hasn't increases substantially over the past 13 years.
  22. So… the USGA supports and would support making the embedded ball rule offer relief through the green (basically everywhere but the green, the teeing ground of the hole you're on, and hazards and OB), but the R&A resists. Maybe in 2020 they'll change their mind a bit. Plus, as many have pointed out, it would let them remove the idea of "closely mown" grass from the Rules of Golf. Anyway, most of the time, courses and tournaments here play the embedded ball through the green as a local rule, which is allowed, but it has to be specified or it's only in closely mown areas.
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