20 Most Important new rules

1 – Search time – reduced to ONLY 3 minutes

2 – Ball moved during search – replace with no penalty

3 – Embedded ball – Free relief anywhere through course

4 – Measuring a drop – Use any club ( except putter )

5 – Dropping – Drop from knee height

6 – Taking stance on wrong green is not permitted

7 – Ball unintentionally hits player or equipment – No penalty

8 – Double hit – No penalty only counts as 1 stroke

9 – Touching sand in bunker incidentally is permitted

10 – loose impediments can be removed anywhere including hazards

11 – Dropping a ball out of bunker – 2 Penalty strokes

12 – Water hazards – Now called “Penalty Areas”

13 – Touching ground in penalty area – No penalty

14 – Ball moves on green after being marked – Replace no penalty

15 – Ball accidentally moved on putting green – replace no penalty

16 – All damage to green can be repaired

17 – Positioning a club for alignment is not permitted

18 – Caddie assisting with alignment is not permitted

19 – Putting with flag stick in hole is permitted

20 – Ball wedged against flag stick and side of hole is deemed holed