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New Golf Rules Explained: Stroke and Distance Alternative for Out of Bounds (OB)

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In 2019, the USGA, R&A, along with the input of the PGA tour and others, implemented thirty changes to the Rules of Golf. All with the goal of making the game more player friendly, easier to understand, and improve pace of play. Not all of the changes will apply at prestigious amateur competitions or the pro tours, which means you the recreational golfer will benefit the most of the rules changes.

To ensure you are informed Mr Topes Golf broke down the most important rules of golf changes, what they are and what they mean for you.


GOLF RULE EXPLAINED: A NEW STROKE AND DISTANCE ALTERNATIVES FOR OB


Old Rule: Golfers take stroke-and-distance relief for golf balls that are lost outside a penalty area or out of bounds. There was no other option available.


New Rule: Stroke-and-distance relief will still be available to golfers, but you now have the following additional option that comes with a penalty of two strokes:  First, determine where your ball went out of bounds or is likely to be lost (see photo below).  Second, locate nearest fairway edge, no closer to the hole.  Lastly, drop your golf ball in shaded area (see photo below).  The relief/drop area is extended on both sides (watch video) by two club lengths.


How Does this Help You: This rule was not created for professional or elite amateur events. This rule is intended for the recreational golfer. This gives you another option, besides stroke-and-distance relief, to recover quickly and save your hole score after a two-stroke penalty.


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