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USGA announces new decisions for 2014

USGA announces new decisions for 2014

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The USGA and R&A have announced some changes to the Rules starting next year. Technically, they released decisions on the rules and not changes.

Most of us were anxiously awaiting some sort of break-through on the irritating trend of television viewers calling in potential rules violations. We did not get any ruling regarding “equity” relative to the amount of time high profile players are televised and therefore under more TV viewer scrutiny. In fact, the governing bodies essentially have re-confirmed that tournament committees should use all available resources when adjudicating violations. The only significant thing they announced was that, basically, if the naked eye couldn’t see the ball move…it didn’t move regardless of what the HDTV in super slo-mo shows. That ruling won’t stop the phone calls and will, in fact, create more options for the committee to rule against video evidence and making it appear that certain players get preferential treatment.

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Alignment Aids During Round?

I know it’s not a penalty to have alignment rods in my bag as long as I don’t use them during the round (rule 14-3/10.3). However, can I use one of my golf clubs as an alignment aid during the round? 

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Pick Up the Flagstick?

A friend putted on a downhill fast green and the ball was headed for the flagstick laying on the ground. I picked the flagstick up so the ball would not hit it. Is there a penalty?

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Rules Changes for 2012

There are some rules changes coming on January 1. Assistant Professional and in-house rules guru Les Duer covers two of the new rules changes for you. We’ll have the new rules books in the pro shop soon.

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Have you had something happen on a golf course and you did not know how to apply the rules?    Submit your question and Les Duer may answer it in a future column.

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