New Rules of Golf: 15 things you need to know for 2019

New Rules of Golf: 15 things you need to know for 2019

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New Rules of Golf: 15 things you need to know for 2019

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Phil Mickelson plays right-handed from under a bush and double-hits the ball at the 2014 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

The old double-hit

There is no longer a penalty for hitting a ball multiple times on the same swing. The old rules stated that if a player swung and hit the ball more than once (most common on chips and pitches), the player had to count the stroke and take a penalty stroke.

Under the new rules, if a player hits the ball more than once, the player just counts the intended shot and plays the ball from where it came to rest.

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