Playing out of the sand is tricky enough without complicated rules getting in the way. Fortunately, golf’s hierarchy rewrote the rule book (literally) and from January this year we've been able to do a few things in the sand that we never could before.
So, what are these new-fangled rules and what do you still need to watch out for in order to avoid a penalty?
What you CAN do:
Touch or move loose impediments in a bunker (local rule previously)
Touch the sand with your hand away from the ball
Ground the club in the sand away from the ball as long as you're not testing the sand
What you CAN’T do:
Deliberately touch the sand to test its condition
Ground the club next to the ball when playing the shot