Rules in focus

A few weeks ago we told you about Iceland’s move in order to change the ‘already established rules’ regarding the 18 holes that golf courses should have in order to hold official competitions, now it is the very rules of the game that they are in the spotlight. The objective of R&A (Royal and Ancient) and USGA (United States Golf Association) bears some similarity to the one that Why18holes promotes. The idea is, as these organizations describe it, “to encourage a faster pace of play”.

The pace of play is conditioned by factors related to the players, with their disposition, according to the time they have, or their abilities or other aspects such as the structure of the course or the weather, which influences the visibility of the course, as in the flight of the ball, and may assume that the player has to carry an umbrella and rain gear.

For 2019 there will be several measures that will be promoted to speed up the game, among which are the following:

  • The execution of the shot in no more than 40 seconds.

  • An alternative formula in the Stroke Play mode, with a limited number of shots per hole established by the Committee.

  • Establish a simpler procedure for dropping, reducing the search time of the ball, the expansion of the Penalizable Areas, a greater use of red stakes in those areas and the possibility of kicking with the flagpole in the water.

  • Play out of turn in the Stroke Play, which is known as Ready Golf.