On March 1st, the USGA and R&A unveiled a preview of proposed new Rules of Golf as a part of a joint initiative to modernize the Rules and make them easier to understand. By releasing their proposal at this time, they are actively looking for and accepting feedback before finalizing the Rules in 2018 and putting them into effect on January 1, 2019.
The proposed 24 new Rules, reduced from the current 34, have been written in a user-friendly style with shorter senteneces, commonly used phrases, bulleted lists and explanatory headings. The initiative also focuses on assessing the overall consistency, simplicity and fairness of the Rules for play.
Below you will find various resources that explain the proposed new Rules: