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  Important USGA Rules Changes for 2023
          These took effect on January 1, 2023
          USGA Infographic (one page)
           Principle Changes in the 2023 Rules (2 pp)
           2019 Rules to 2023 Rules Comparison (16 pp)
           Full 2023 Rules and Clarifications
           Quarterly Updates (Jan, Apr, July, Oct)
           Local Rules and Terms of the Competition
           Rules Apps: Apple, Android

           Key Changes to the Rules of Golf for 2023 - USGA

Educational Topics by SRPGA
File Topic Date
NA 2023: See Important Changes Above  
    Jan 2023
PDF Out of Bounds and Boundary Objects Dec 2022
PDF Posting Scores - Gimmies and Incomplete Rounds Nov 2022
PDF Cart Path Relief - Abnormal Ground Conditions Oct 2022
PDF Order of Play Sept 2022
PDF The Teeing Area Including Wrong Tee May 2021
PDF Spirit of the Game Mar 2021
PDF, Word Marking Your Ball and Ball Markers  
PDF, Word Out of Bounds, Boundary Objects  
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Perhaps the most unique aspect of the Rules is that they are written assuming
all players are honest and will play by the Rules.” —USGA

SRPGA Local Rules
AGA - Rules of Golf
. . .Rules of the Month Videos

New Rules of Golf for 2019
The new rules in document format
(162-page PDF)

USGA Summary Chart
An 8-page PDF file in table format

Golf's New Rules: FAQs
The 29 questions are grouped into 7 categories.

20 Must Know 2019 Rules of Golf Changes
An R&A Summary

2019 Rules Quizzes
Interactive and printable; by the USGA

Golf's New Rules: Major Changes
Discussions are grouped into the 9 categories below, with reasons for the changes. Topics include 21 videos and 4 diagrams.

Ball at Rest
Ball Moved During Search
No Penalty for Moving Ball on the Putting Green
Standard for Deciding Why a Ball Moved
Replacing Ball When Original Spot is Not Known
Ball in Motion
Ball in Motion Accidentally Deflected
Taking Relief
Measuring the Size of the Relief Area Where a Ball Must Be Dropped and Played
New Procedure for Dropping a Ball
Where a Dropped Ball Must Come to Rest
Fixed Distances to be Used for Measuring
Time For Search Before Ball is Lost
Substitution of Ball Always Allowed When Taking Relief
Relief For an Embedded Ball
Procedure for Taking Lateral Relief
Procedure for Taking Back-on-the-Line Relief
Areas of the Course
When to Replace a Ball That Moves on the Putting Green
Repairing Damage on the Putting Green
Touching Line of Play on a Putting Green
Ball Played From Green Hits Unattended Flagstick in Hole
Areas the Committee May Mark as Penalty Areas
Touching Loose Impediments or Ground in a Penalty Area
Expanded Use of Red-Marked Penalty Areas
Elimination of Opposite Side Relief for Red Penalty Areas
Moving or Touching Loose Impediments or Touching Sand in a Bunker
Unplayable Ball in Bunker
Use of Clubs Damaged During Round
Adding Clubs to Replace a Club Damaged During Round
Use of Distance-Measuring Devices
Playing a Ball
Caddie Standing Behind a Player to Help Line the Player Up
Caddie Lifting Ball on the Putting Green
When to Play During a Round
Encouraging Prompt Pace of Play
Maximum Score Form of Stroke Play (not adopted by SRPGA)
Player Behavior
Expected Standards of Player Conduct
Code of Player Conduct
Elimination of the Requirement to Announce the Player's Intent to Lift a Ball
Reasonable Judgment in Estimating and Measuring
Local Rule
Local Rule: Alternative to Stroke and Distance (has been adopted by SRPGA)

USGA optional local rules adopted by SRPGA.

All Penalty Areas Are Red Penalty Areas

B2 Relief on Opposite Side of Red Penalty Areas

E5 Alternative to Stroke and Distance
E5 Original Diagrams

E11 Ball Deflected by Power Line

USGA Infographics

Golf's New Rules: At Your Fingertips

5 key Changes to the Rules

Stroke and Distance: New Local Rule

Golf's New Rules: Evolution of Key Changes

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Golf's New Rules
Driving the Game Forward
USGA (0:33)

New Golf Rules 2019
The 20 Most Important Changes
Expert Golf (9:19)

New Rules Verdict
2019 Golf Rules
Golf Monthly (10:36)

R&A: 20 Must Know Rules of Golf Changes for 2019 (2:25)

Specific USGA Videos:
2019 Rules of Golf Explained

Ball Lost Or Out Of Bounds (1:00)
Bunkers (1:34)
The Flagstick (0:48)
Nearest Point Of Complete Relief (1:09)
Loose Impediments (0:48)

Movable Obstructions (0:46)
Playing the Course As You Find It (0:59)
Playing a Provisional Ball (0:54)
Penalty Areas (1:25)
Putting Greens (1:00)
Abnormal Course Conditions (0:59)