The Royal and Ancient and United States Golf Association are proposing a raft of rule changes to golf, to me it seems about right as they have not really changed anything for many years
Among the changes under consideration are plans to:
- Remove any penalty for accidentally moving your ball.
- Relax the protocols for taking free or penalty drops, with the ball dropped from only an inch above the ground, rather than shoulder height.
- Use fixed distances (20 or 80 inches) rather than club lengths to measure areas where a ball should be dropped.
- Reduce the time allowed to search for a lost ball from five to three minutes.
- Allow putting on the green with the flagstick left in the hole.
- Allow players to repair spike marks and animal damage on greens.
- Automatically allow the use of distance measuring devices.
- Ban caddies from lining up players as they prepare to hit.
- Recommend no player takes more than 40 seconds to hit a shot.
- Encourage players in strokeplay to implement "ready golf" rather than waiting until it is their turn to hit.
- Empower committees to set a maximum score for a hole (such as double par or triple bogey) to allow a player to pick up and move to the next hole.
The last one here will be good for the average golfer I reckon, as nobody likes a double figure hole bursting your scorecard.