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The USGA and the R&A have introduced a new local rule and new video protocols for 2018.

 

A working group led by the USGA and The R&A has unanimously agreed to adopt a new set of protocols for video review when applying the Rules of Golf.

The group, consisting of the PGA Tour, LPGA, PGA European Tour, Ladies European Tour and The PGA of America, as well as the governing bodies, will implement the following measures from January 1, 2018:

 

 

http://www.tonyslpgareport.com/2017/12/breaking-news-usga-r-eliminate-4-stroke.html

I agree with the majority that this rule change should have happened long ago. I'd also like to see all penalties removed where the player doesn't gain a competitive advantage. Think of other sports and try to find a penalty that doesn't come relate to a player gaining an advantage. If I were to win a tournament, I'd like to know I did it because I made the fewest strokes.

 

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It's about time, It was stupid letting people call that in.

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This is actually a very good point. The ruling bodies had to concede in the past that anyone could indeed call in rules infractions because it fitted with the rules in terms of what constitutes "evidence". Likewise, in implementing the rules to their literal terms, they indeed had no option but to uphold any evidence obtained that clearly showed a breach of the rules had occurred.

Needless to say, these so-called "trial by tv" calls in p***ed a few people off - not least some of the pros making mistakes on live tv. Fast forward to now and the ruling bodies have taken the place of the viewer at home and will have their set of scrutineers looking at the live broadcast and making calls in the same manner that anyone not directly involved with the competition could make beforehand.

So in essence, nothing has really changed - only now they have closed the loophole on what beforehand made them look stupid to the golfing masses. So all the plaudits of "it's long overdue" and "about time" only serves to make it a mute point. Nothing has changed - only the method of delivery.

Didn't they announce also something to the effect of trying to get (many) more qualified rules officials on the ground and have one walking with each group?

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Didn't they announce also something to the effect of trying to get (many) more qualified rules officials on the ground and have one walking with each group?

 

Basically, they (the rules officials) have took the place of the home viewer and spending a lot more time looking at live broadcasts for rules infractions and having more rules officials with each group as well. 

Like they should have done a lot sooner some would say. If you ask me, they still have egg on their faces from the previous incidents where they should have picked it up a lot sooner and applied the right ruling at the right time. 

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The next revision will be that all players will be given a red beanbag, and if they want to challenge a shot they just through it out into the fairway.

 

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The next revision will be that all players will be given a red beanbag, and if they want to challenge a shot they just through it out into the fairway.

 

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That's a great idea I could see a lot of shots on 17 tpc sawgrass getting the beanbag it 16 in Phoenix because it's too loud lol

 

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The next revision will be that all players will be given a red beanbag, and if they want to challenge a shot they just through it out into the fairway.

 

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Or maybe a ref runs over to the player and hold up a yellow card..... ;-)
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Then they can add spray foam where to take the penalty shot.

 

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