Category: Rules

USGA to offer free Rules of Golf webinars

Denny Samuelson

With golf season starting to open around the country, the USGA rules team would like to provide IGA members with two free rules of golf workshops. These workshops will cover two of the most widely used rules golfers come across every day, free relief and penalty relief. These beginner workshops will be taught by two senior members of the USGA Rules team in Ben Schade and Kathryn Belanger.

Free Webinar Schedule

Wednesday, March 15, at 4:30 PM CDT – Free Relief (taught by Kathryn Belanger)
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Wednesday, March 22, at 2:00 PM CDT – Penalty Relief (taught by Ben Schade)
Registration URL –

2023 Rules of Golf – Key Changes

The USGA and The R&A have unveiled a regular update to the Rules of Golf as they continue to make the Rules easier to understand and apply. The new Rules will go into effect on January 1, 2023.

The 2023 edition continues the modernization process, with an emphasis on both inclusion and sustainability. For the first time, the modified Rules for players with disabilities have been fully incorporated into the playing rules without the need to adopt a local rule. The governing bodies, supported by longstanding partner Rolex, will also promote digital and mobile app access to the Rules while significantly reducing the production and distribution of more than 4 million printed books.

Read the entire release here




Clarifications of the 2019 Rules of Golf now available

As you probably have heard, 2019 marks the most substantial update to the Rules in the last 60 years. The rules have been modernized and even reduced down in number from 34 to 24. While many of the changes are very player friendly (penalties have been removed or lessened), there are some changes that could result in penalty to the player, if you don’t take the time to learn them.

In order to further understand these rule modernizations, the USGA has provided the Iowa Golf Association with ‘Clarifications of the 2019 Rules of Golf’ (linked below). The purpose of these clarifications is to provide additional context to the Rules of Golf (often as the result of frequent questions received since the 2019 Rules of Golf were released).

The USGA does not plan to add to these clarifications on a regular schedule, but may do so periodically if additional context is considered helpful. The IGA will be sure to share any additional information when it is made available.

Clarifications of the 2019 Rules of Golf

2019 Rules of Golf – Just Around the Corner


January 1, 2019 is going to get here faster than we all think.  That means that the most comprehensive changes to the Rules of Golf to ever take place are almost here.  Today, the USGA announced that they have published the new rules that will go into effect on January 1.

Read the entire release here

2019 will mark significant changes to the rules themselves, as well as significant changes to the way we all learn and research the rules.  For the first time, a “Player’s Edition” to the rules will be published.  This will be shorter than the regular rules book and will be written in the second-person, to allow for better comprehension.  The new rules book will feature more graphics and diagrams and the updated Rules of Golf Mobile App and USGA website will include even more videos, showing examples of the rules and how they should be applied.

Finally, there will no longer be a “Decisions on the Rules of Golf” book.  This is being replaced by the new “Official Guide to the Rules of Golf”, which will be available in November.  The “Official Guide” is currently available via digital formats at or via your mobile app.



Local Rule, New Video Review Protocols Introduced for 2018

A working group led by the USGA and The R&A has unanimously agreed to adopt a new set of protocols for video review when applying the Rules of Golf.

The group, consisting of the PGA Tour, LPGA, PGA European Tour, Ladies European Tour and The PGA of America, as well as the governing bodies, will implement the following measures from January 1, 2018:

  • Assign one or more officials to monitor the video broadcast of a competition to help identify and resolve Rules issues as they arise
  • Discontinue any steps to facilitate or consider viewer call-ins as part of the Rules decision process

Click here to read more & view video from the USGA

USGA, R&A announce proposed rule changes

The R&A and the USGA announced today a major set of proposed changes to the Rules of Golf. These changes result from our Rules Modernization initiative that began five years ago in an effort to bring the Rules up to date to fit the needs of the game today globally. This initiative had two guiding themes:
– Even far-reaching Rule changes should be open for discussion, but golf’s essential principles and character must be preserved.
– Revisions should be assessed with all golfers in mind, so that the Rules are easier to understand and apply not only for professionals and elite amateurs, but also for beginners, high-handicappers and typical club and recreational golfers at all levels of play around the world.

Click here to learn more

PGA Tour Ruling Video – Fairly Taking your Stance

Check out this video with Stewart Cink from this weekend’s Honda Classic.  Stewart, properly, wants to make sure he is “fairly taking his stance” in the hazard.  It’s a great lesson on what to be aware of if you ever encounter this situation.

Read more about “fairly taking your stance” in Decision 13-2/1.

2017 IGA Rules of Golf Seminars Announced


The Iowa Golf Association will once again host a series of seminars focusing on the Rules of Golf.  We have three scheduled for 2017, one of which is dedicated specifically to educating high school golf coaches.

The three dates feature one in the western part of the state, one central and one east.

For the central site, we have partnered with the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association (boys).  We will provide a few hours of rules education during a full day of training for high school golf coaches.  The clinic will be held at the Iowa Hall of Pride at the Iowa Events Center in downtown Des Moines on Saturday, April 8th.
Click here to view a flyer with sign up instructions on the HS Coaches Clinic

Pleasant Valley Golf Course in Iowa City will host for the eastern part of the state on Saturday, March 25th.  Council Bluffs Country Club will be the host for the western part.  Both of these seminars will begin at 9 a.m. and finish around noon.  We will focus on some of the most commonly applied rules of golf, as well as answer questions from those in attendance.


The IGHSAU & IHSAA are the administrators of the clinic on April 8th, therefore only high school coaches are eligible to attend (see flyer).

Anyone is eligible to attend on March 25 (Pleasant Valley, Iowa City) or April 1 (Council Bluffs CC).  High School coaches and players are strongly encouraged to attend.  These seminars are FREE to attend, no cost.


To sign up to attend the High School Clinic on April 8th (Iowa Hall of Pride), please email [email protected].

To sign up to attend either March 25 @ Pleasant Valley (Iowa City) or April 1 @ Council Bluffs CC, please email [email protected].

If you have questions, please give us a call (515-207-1062) or email [email protected].

New USGA Local Rule takes effect Jan. 1, 2017

The USGA and The R&A today announced the introduction of a new Local Rule that eliminates the penalty when a ball is accidentally moved on the putting green.

The Local Rule will be available for any committee in charge of a competition to use starting Jan. 1, 2017. It will be adopted by the USGA and The R&A in all of their championships, qualifying competitions and international matches. (…click here for more)

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