A friend told me about these new rules changes. Finally some changes we can live with. I don't think I've read about them in Golf Digest yet so all you Seniors take notes and pass on this information to your playing friends.New Rules Changes from the USGA: The AARP has negotiated with the USGA to modify the Rules of Golf for seniors.Rule 1.a.5A ball sliced or hooked into the rough shall be lifted and placed on thefairway at a point equal to the distance it carried or rolled into therough with no penalty. The senior should not be penalized for tall grasswhich grounds keepers failed to mow.Rule 2.d.6 (b)A ball hitting a tree shall be deemed not to have hit the tree. This issimply bad luck and luck has no place in a scientific game. The seniorplayer must estimate the distance the ball would have traveled if ithad not hit the tree and play the ball from there.Rule 3.b.3(g)There shall be no such thing as a lost ball. The missing ball is on ornear the course and will eventually be found and pocketed by someone else, making it a stolen ball. The player is not to compound the crime by charging himself/herself with a penalty.Rule 4.c.7(h)If a putt passes over a hole without dropping, it is deemed to havedropped. The law of gravity supersedes the Rules of Golf.Rule 5.Putts that stop close enough to the cup that they could beblown in, may be blown in. This does not apply to balls more than threeinches from the hole. No one wants to make a travesty of the game.Rule 6.a.9(k)There is no penalty for so-called "out of bounds." Ifpenny-pinching golf course owners bought sufficient land, this wouldnot occur. The senior golfer deserves an apology, not a penalty.Rule 7.g.15(z)There is no penalty for a ball in a water hazard, as golf ballsshould float. Senior golfers should not be penalized for manufacturers'shortcomings.Rule 8.k.9(s)Advertisements claim that golf scores can be improved by purchasingnew golf equipment. Since this is financially difficult for many senior golfers, one-half stroke per hole may be subtracted for using old equipment. Fellow Fools: Please advise all your senior friends of these important rule updates. I know we are not all Seniors yet, but now we can look forward to our game improving when we get there! _________________________________________________________________
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