Effective, Jan. 1, 2019 the USGA is implementing several rule changes in golf. We will have a number of publications outlining the alterations moving forward. Here are some of the more significant changes going into the new year in a fun, illustrated explanation.
Pace of Play - it is recommended a player is ready to play and takes no more than 40 seconds to play her/his shot. This includes putting on a glove, taking information regarding hole location, wind direction etc. Ready golf is encouraged provided it is safe to play in stroke play. Maximum Score - defined by the Committee under local rule. Player has an option to putt with the flagstick in the green when the ball is on the putting green.
As you can see by the picture, these items are what most players do when they regularly golf.
Time for Ball search has been reduced to 3 minutes. (saving 2 minutes per ball search). This one should assist in moving the pace of play along.