Key Changes to the Rules of Golf for 2023

Some changes and updates to the Rules of Golf that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2023. Hear from the USGA's Thomas Pagel and the R&A's Grant Moir about some of the highlights.

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24 thoughts on “Key Changes to the Rules of Golf for 2023

  1. I play a busy public course. Gets very beat up. People rarely replace their divots from tee box to green or rake bunkers. Also had water shortage most of this past summer with hard packed burnt fairways. They have preferred placement on fairways and rake and replace in bunkers during tournaments. This is fair rule for public course.

  2. i have found that I enjoy golf more when I don’t keep score and if i hit a bad shot i will drop another ball and hit it again. This will give me instant feedback on what i did wrong with the miss hit.
    My senior friends play paradise rules, enjoy their day and get a free beer and hot dog after the round. And a day away from the wife, which is why golf was invented in the first place.

  3. I agree with the comment about fairway lies and divots. It MAKES sense that if a ball comes to rest in a divot that's located within the boundary of the fairway, that you should get relief with no penalty, no closer to the hole. I mean, why else would we put a premium on hitting fairways if we're not going to have a decent lie to hit out of? I'm just saying, rules are being updated and a lot of them make sense, so why not take one more step and make this rule official! Let's go USGA and R&A!

  4. The new "back on a line" rule does not make anything simpler. Now there will be arguments about whether or not your drop was exactly on the line or if it was a 1/4 inch off.

  5. "Inclusion"…

    " important that we play our part in reducing the amount of printed books….." because trees don't reproduce

    Even golf is woke now?

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