As you probably are aware the rules gurus of the USGA and R & A have put their heads together over the last couple of years and have been in serious discussions on how to simplify the rules of our game.
The result is that the total number of rules is being reduced significantly and many of the most confusing rules have been refashioned to make them simpler to understand and easier to apply.
You will find through this link a summary of the major changes in the rules that go into effect on January 1, 2019. Many of these rule changes were designed to speed up play as well as make them much easier and fairer to enforce.
You can also take a look at our Rules Education Forum-it is chock full of entertaining explanations of the rules that often confound people. These too have been updated to reflect the rule changes for 2019.