RA Rules asdsa37

Rules Modernisation

A Fundamental Revision to the Rules of Golf for 2019

Introduction to Rules Modernisation

The R&A and the USGA have announced the final changes to the Rules of Golf for 2019. These changes result from our Rules Modernisation Initiative that began in 2012 to bring the Rules up to date to fit the needs of the game today globally.
The background to the initiative and the major changes are provided on this website, along with extensive resource materials.



Introducing the Rules of Golf for 2019

The videos below highlight some of the main changes to the Rules of Golf for 2019. 

Rules Modernisation: The Background

This section provides background on how the Rules have been revised since the earliest codes and why now is the time for a major revision to the Rules. There is an outline of the overall goals and objectives of the Rules for 2019 and an explanation of the schedule leading to the implementation of the new Rules.

The Major Rule Changes for 2019

We looked at the Rules in their entirety, not just the larger issues or particular topics, but the pages below focus on the major changes for 2019. Videos and infographics are used to explain these. Further information on the full set of changes and additional resources are available in the Resource Library.

A Revised Approach to Writing and Presenting the New Rules

In addition to proposing many substantive Rule changes, the Rules Modernisation Initiative focused on changing how the Rules are written and presented. This resulted in a new writing style and format, a reorganisation of the Rules and the introduction of a “Player’s Edition” of the Rules.

Resource Library

All the relevant documentation in relation to the Rule changes for 2019 is available to download below.