Podcast: USGA Senior Director Says Rules Could Be Simplified

November 25, 2015

On this week’s podcast, host Alan Bastable chats with USGA Senior Director of Rules of Golf & Amateur Status Thomas Pagel. They discuss the rules of engagement on the green, what’s fair and what’s foul, the difference between the rules for amateurs and pros and how the game’s biggest stars are affected by the rules of golf.

Pagel also gets into why the USGA and R&A made such significant rules changes for 2016, and he even agreed that the rules are getting too complicated.

“One of the things that you see is that there’s this desire for the rules to be so precise and deal with every single situation, which is how you end up with 1,200 decisions, which is how you end up with complex situations,” Pagel said. “So, certainly I think the rules could stand to be simplified.”

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