Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 741 - December 7, 2022
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


Master The Motion Before You Master The Shot.
"15 Minutes of Body Action Drills Are More
Important Than Hitting 200 Balls"

Tom's Featured Tip: 2023 Rules Changes

Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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2023 Rules Changes

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

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2023 Rules Changes

The following Rules of Golf changes will be implemented in 2023, but I still have one lingering beef with the rules committee:

What about divots in the fairway? One of the most frustrating situations in golf is to have a great drive land in a divot and screw up your birdie opportunity.

When will they allow that a divot in the fairway is ground under repair? That has been on my mind (and I'm sure countless others) for decades. C'mon guys, address the problem and fix it!

The 5 Main Changes to the Rules of Golf In 2023
  1. Modifications for Players with Disabilities

    To make golf a more inclusive and welcoming sport, the USGA and R&A have included the Modifications for Players with Disabilities rule number 25 in the rule book. Before the recent changes, these modifications sat in the back of the official guide as standardized accommodations to provide local tournament committees and courses with guidance on carrying out events with special needs participants. Come January 2023, the rule will be official and applied in all golf matches, which will go a long way in raising awareness for golfers living with disability and making them feel welcome.

  2. Handicap Usage in Stroke Play

    In the 2019 edition of the Rules of Golf, players should accurately indicate their handicap on their scorecard in stroke play, failure to which a golfer gets penalized. Thankfully, this rule will change come 2023 thanks to the adoption of the World Handicap System and the continued growth of digital scoring. The tournament committee will be responsible for verifying each player's handicap, calculating their handicap strokes for the competition, and their net score going forward. Golfers won't be penalized anymore in this regard.

  3. Club Damaged During Round

    Every golfer has that one bad day on the course when misfortune strikes, and you get your club damaged mid-round. In the 2019 edition, a golfer cannot replace a club that gets damaged during a round or breaks except in limited cases. Nonetheless, from 2023, a player can replace or repair a damaged club with a backup one, provided it's not a case of abuse. A requirement for this rule is that should you choose to replace or repair your club, you must ensure that you don't unduly delay the round's play. If, for example, your next turn is close to the pro shop or parking lot, you can hop by and get a club replacement without affecting the game.

  4. Ball Moved by Natural Forces

    The new rules also provides an exception that a player should replace a ball at rest if it shifts position to another area of the course or rests out of bounds after being placed, dropped, or replaced. This exception will benefit golfers playing in harsh weather conditions, like at the 2019 Waste Management Phoenix Open, where Rickie Fowler had to contend with a misbehaving ball on a rain-soaked course and got penalized for it. Now players will have a bit more wiggle room in such a scenario.

  5. Back-on-the-Line Relief Procedure

    The back-on-the-line relief procedure applies around the penalty area and provides unplayable ball relief. The 2023 edition simplifies this procedure further, and now a player will be dropping the ball on the line, and the ball must come to rest within the length of one club from where the player drops it.

Final Thought

You can access the revised 2023 Rules of Golf edition on your smartphone by downloading the Rules of Golf App for free. It's a great resource to have on hand if a question comes up about the Rules when you are playing. It's a freebie, so there's no excuse for not knowing the Rules.

Try it, you'll like it.

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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Professional, Batavia Country Club
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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