- Modifications for Players With Disabilities: golf tournament administrators have been making these modifications for years. However, they were never in the rule book; now, they have a permanent place.
- Replacing Damaged Clubs: If your club gets damaged during the course of play, you are allowed to replace it. The old rule had stringent guidelines about the replacement that really didn’t make much sense and made it too easy for players to accidentally break the rule.
- Handicap on Scorecard: Golfers that forget to put their handicap on their scorecard or even forget to sign their scorecard are no longer disqualified. Instead, you can expect a penalty of two strokes, a bit more fair than years past.
- Simplified Relief Along The Line: Taking relief along the line between you and the target is now more effortless. Simply drop the ball within one club length keeping this spot between you and the pin.
The rules of golf never seem to stay the same for long. Sometimes it can feel that just when you figure out what the rules are, you will have to deal with the latest changes. Well, the rules did change again for 2023, but the good news is there is nothing major here that wil impact the way you play the game. In fact, some of the changes are quite fair. Here’s a brief recap of what to expect.