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.

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