- A new Rule prohibits anchoring the club either “directly” or by use of an “anchor point” in making a stroke. The penalty is loss of hole in match play or two strokes in stroke play.
- If a ball at rest moves after the player addresses it, the player is no longer automatically deemed to have caused the ball to move. A one-stroke penalty will be applied only when the facts show that the player has caused the ball to move.
- In certain tournaments, laser and gps range finders are not allowed. The penalty for a player’s first breach of this during the round has been reduced from disqualification to loss of hole in match play or two strokes in stroke play. The penalty for any subsequent breach will continue to be disqualification.
- An exception was introduced where a player is not disqualified for failing to include penalty strokes that the player did not know were incurred before returning the score card. Instead, the player incurs the original penalty and must add an additional penalty of two strokes for the score card error. (Probably the “Somebody saw something on TV and phoned it in” rule.)
Source: Golf Canada