Another major proposed revision is hitting the flagstick while on the green will result in no penalty. If memory serves, this is actually bringing the rule back to how it was many moons ago. The USGA and R&A feel there’s a balance between balls that would miss because of the flag being in and balls that would fall with the flag in. Spike marks will be of no concern anymore! You’ll be able to repair any damage on the green except for aeration holes and natural wear of the green. Many times we’ve seen discussions on tour where players would have to confer with each other and determine if it’s a spike mark or not. We do it as well in out weekend rounds but it doesn’t come up as often with our use of softy spikes. It does happen though.
Here is a link to all of the proposed changes the USGA and R&A are hoping to implement. Send your feedback to them and help shape the rules revision that is slated for 2019!