Golf Rules Change 2014

Golf Rules Change 2014

The USGA and R & A make changes in the rules every two years.  You should know the new golf rule change 2014 goes into effect January 1st, 2014.  I’ll mention a few here but for a full review of all the changes you can go to: www.USGA.org.  While you’re there, why not pick up a copy of the rules and keep it handy in your golf bag.  You might need it if you’re stuck playing golf with that one member at your club that’s a stickler about rules. 

golf-rules-change-2014One important change I think is Revised Decision 27-2a/1.5 which now allows a player to advance as much as 50 yards forward without forfeiting his/her right to go back and play a provisional ball.

How about a golf rules change 2014 because of the new technology age. Decision 14-3/18 allows players to access weather reports on their cell phone during a round of golf, for safety matters and in search of any approaching thunderstorms.  Sounds like a good cover when they’re actually looking at some swing video of Paula Creamer.

Here’s one I like!  Decision 18/4 addresses HDTV, and digital recording visual media that might show a golf ball not coming to rest or to have been deemed to have moved.  It will now be considered that if the movement was not discernible with the naked eye at the time, no penalty will be enforced.

I’ve got abetter idea.  Tell the idiot that’s sitting in his sofa watching the tournament to butt out!  I’ve also always wondered, how do these knuckle heads find the right phone number to call to say they saw a violation of the rules on TV?  Did he call the club house?  Does he have the officials on speed dial? Imagine how many Dolphin fans would have called immediately about the Pittsburgh Steelers going out of bounds!  They are just fans and should not influence the game.

I believe a rule should be enforced at the time of the infraction.  Even in football, after the review and next play is snapped that’s it.  Ya no mas! It’s over and get over it!  Why should the officials or anyone else be able to walk up to a player three or four holes later and say, hey pal back on number four you did so and so.  We’re tagging you with two a strokes penalty!  Heck they have an official with every group.  Where was that guy when it happened?  Why don’t we tag him with a couple of beauties right in the kisser!  That’s two strokes he won’t forget soon.

You can see all the golf rules change 2014 at www.usga.org