Rule Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes 2016
My ode to the late great David Bowie, and a nifty introduction to this week's Blog Post if I do say so myself.
As Mother Nature continues to be fickle and we are faced with yet another cool, wet, winter day here in Southeast Louisiana, I figured why not drop some knowledge on y'all, on the rule changes that the USGA and R&A introduced to begin 2016. The two governing bodies of the game we all play and love, get together every four years and look to address/update the game as technology continues to change.
Here is a look at the most significant changes to come out of this collaboration:
Obviously the most talked about change that the USGA and R&A unveiled was the Prohibition of Anchoring the Club While Making a Stroke. This has been highly publicized and discussed since the announcement of the impending change back in 2013. Personally, I still don't get all the fuss over the "anchored" putters, but the rules are the rules, and when it comes to tournament play, it is back to the more traditional flat sticks of the past.
The rule that I feel will have the most impact overall is the Withdrawal of Rule on Ball Moving After Address. I was glad to see this addressed, as I always thought it ridiculous to penalize a player for extreme wind conditions (since on the putting surface is where this rule most frequently came into play).
Now, if we can only get the "Powers that Be" to address the ball landing in a divot in your own fairway situation...