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Rules Modernization

Proposed Rules: Substitution of ball always allowed when taking relief

Under the proposed rule, when taking relief the player would always be allowed the choice to substitute a ball or to use the original ball

Proposed Rules: Touching loose impediments or ground in penalty area

A player would be allowed to touch loose impediments and touch the ground with hand or club in a penalty area.

Proposed Rules: Lateral relief from red penalty area

Lateral relief is one of the options when dropping from a red penalty area.

Proposed Rules: Dropping, placing a ball from relief area

Players would continue to drop a ball when taking relief, but the dropping procedure would be changed in several ways.

Proposed Rules: Caddies standing behind player to help lining up

The current prohibition would be extended so that, once the player begins taking a stance for the stroke and until the stroke is made, the player's caddie must not deliberately stand on or close to an extension of the line of play behind th

Proposed Rules: Ball played from green hits unattended flagstick

Under the proposed rule, there would no longer be a penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole.

Proposed Rules: When to replace a ball that moves on the green

The proposed new rule would revise the procedure for when a ball on the putting green is moved by wind, water, or other natural forces, so that it must sometimes be replaced and sometimes be played from its new spot.

Proposed Rules: No penalty for moving ball on green

Under the proposed rule, there would no longer be a penalty if a player (or opponent) accidentally causes the player's ball to move on the putting green.

Proposed Rules: Standard for deciding whether a ball moved

Under the proposed rule, the 'known of virtually certain' standard (meaning at least 95% likely) would apply to all questions of fact about why a ball at rest moved.

Proposed Rules: Touching line of play on green

The prohibition of touching the line of play on the putting green would be eliminated.