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Article 25 of 31 about the 2019-Rules of Golf draft:

“Clubs”

This is part 25 (of 31) in a series of blogs about some of the proposed changes to the
Rules of Golf effective as of January 1st 2019. Here we focus on the rules surrounding your clubs – because face it – you need them!

25. Clubs

There is quite a few changes in the Rules about clubs.
I have written about some of them below.

25.1 Illegal club: No longer a penalty to bring it.

Today you are penalized if you bring an illegal club. This will be changed (only penalty if
you use it).

25.2 Adhering material to the club.

Today we have a prohibition against placing material like tape and saliva on the face of
the clubhead (with the intention of influencing the movement of the ball). This prohibition
is expanded, so that it applies to all the clubhead. Not really a big change, I think.

25-3 Damaged Clubs.

In general:
Under the proposed 2019-Rules of Golf you are allowed to play on with a damaged club
in more situations than now, and you can repair it in more situations.
The current Rules of Golf.

Under the current Rules of Golf, your options depends on how your club is damaged.

1. If it has been damaged in the course of normal play (for example being bend, when
you made a stroke close to a tree), the current Rules of Golf states, that you are
allowed e.g. to play on with it for the rest of the round or to have it repaired.

2. If, however, the club was not damaged in the course of normal play (e.g. because you
bend your putter over your knee in anger over – another! – missed putt), you are not
allowed to play on with it…and you are not allowed to repair it during the remainder of
the round.

The 2019-Rules of Golf.

Under the proposed new 2019-Rules of Golf, you are allowed to play on with a damaged
club or repair it, no matter how it was damaged!
So that is good news for players having a temper!

25-4 Exchanging damaged clubs.

The current Rules.
If your club is damaged during the normal course of play (above), you are under the
current Rules of Golf allowed to exchange it during the remainder of the round (make
sure, though, to do so without undue delay of play).
The 2019-Rules.

Under the proposed new 2019-Rules of Golf, you are not allowed to exchange damaged
clubs, unless it was not yourself who damaged it. An example: If e.g. another player is
damaging your putter by (unintentionally!) driving over it with a buggy, you are allowed to
exchange it.

25-5 Sharing clubs: Will be prohibited.

Under the current Rules of Golf, partners are allowed to share clubs. This is forbidden in
the new 2019-Rules of Golf.

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This post was written by The Oswald Academy.

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