Nbr

Description

Old Rule

New Rule

1

Player accidentally moves ball during search

1 stroke penalty

No penalty

2

Player accidentally moves ball or ball marker on the putting green

1 stroke penalty

No penalty

3

Standard for deciding whether the player caused a ball to move

Weight of the evidence / more likely than not

Player will be found to be the cause if 95% certain

4

Replacing a ball that has moved from the fairway / rough (e.g. during search, accidentally hitting on practice swing)

Drop the ball from estimated spot

Place the ball on estimated spot

5

Ball in motion accidentally hits player, person attending the flagstick, the attended or unattended flagstick, or removed flagstick

1 or 2 stroke penalty

No penalty

6

Player double-hits the ball

1 stroke penalty (count both hits)

No penalty – only counts as one stroke

7

Measuring one or two club length drops

Sometimes defined by club intended to hit

Always longest non-putter club in the bag

8

Replacing a ball when it rolls outside of the relief area after two drops

Placed within 2 club lengths of where the second drop touched the ground

Placed on the exact stop where second drop touched the ground

9

How to drop a ball

Shoulder height

Knee height

10

Time allowed for searching for a lost ball

5 minutes

3 minutes

11

Substituting ball when taking relief

Only when taking penalty relief

All relief

12

Embedded ball rule

Only in “closely mown areas” (fairways)

Everywhere except sand

13

Replacing a ball that has moved on the green

Replaced in same spot if moved by player. If wind moved it, play as it lies

Always replace on same spot

14

Repairing damage on a putting green

Only ball marks or old hole plugs can be repaired

All damage can be repaired, including spike marks

15

Player touches line of putt with putter to point out a target

2 stroke penalty

No penalty

16

Removing loose impediments or grounding the club in a penalty area (red or yellow take)

2 stroke penalty

No penalty

17

Eliminating the opposite side of relief for lateral hazards

Could drop the ball equidistant on the other side of the hazard, still hitting over the water`

No longer allowed

18

Removing loose impediments in bunkers

2 stroke penalty

No penalty

19

Accidentally touching the sand when in bunkers

2 stroke

No penalty

20

Taking an unplayable lie in bunkers

Can do it with stroke penalty, but ball must stay in bunker

Can remove from bunker, keeping the original spot between the drop and the hole. 2 stroke penalty

21

Using damaged equipment during a round

Can only be used if damaged during normal course of play

Can be used if damaged for any reason (e.g., damaged in anger)

22

Replacing a damaged club during a round

Can replace if club is unfit for play and was damaged during the normal course of play

Cannot be replaced unless player was not responsible for damage

23

Use of distance measuring devices

Prohibited unless local rule allows it

Allowed unless local rule prohibits it

24

Playing promptly

No recommendations

Recommends players play within 40 seconds

25

Playing out of turn

No penalty, although rules imply it is against etiquette

No penalty, “ready golf” is encouraged