Author Archive | Barry Rhodes

Where to Stand on the Putting Green

Where to Stand on the Putting Green

Golfers sometimes fall out with their fellow competitors, or opponents, over where they should stand on the putting green while putts are being made. In my opinion, regardless of where they stand it is more important that they should remain absolutely silent and motionless while anyone is making their stroke. You may be surprised to […]

Continue Reading
Borrowing equipment during a round

Borrowing equipment during a round

I have heard several myths about what a player may borrow from a fellow competitor during their round. What exactly can fellow competitors borrow from one another? A player may borrow the following, Balls (but if a One Ball Condition is in effect, the player would need to borrow the same brand and type of […]

Continue Reading
Immovable Obstruction on Putting Green

Immovable Obstruction on Putting Green

When putting greens are damaged, greenkeepers often have to protect the repaired area until growth returns and the surface is suitable for putting again. Of course, the protective netting is an immovable obstruction on the putting green, as it is not intended that players should move it to give themselves a clear path to the […]

Continue Reading
Match Play Rules

Match Play Rules

I regularly receive requests for rulings relating to match play situations after a player has lost a hole, or the match, due to a Rules incident that they were not sure about. Most golfers play far more rounds of stroke play golf than match play golf and do not realize that there are several important […]

Continue Reading
When is a bunker not a bunker

When is a bunker not a bunker

I expect most of us think that we know a bunker when we see one, especially after the Dustin Johnson ‘bunker-gate’ at Whistling Straights in 2010. Well, it may not be quite as simple as you think. Let me start by referencing the Definition of Bunker; A “bunker” is a hazard consisting of a prepared […]

Continue Reading
When a player may substitute a ball

When a player may substitute a ball

If a player substitutes a ball when not entitled to do so they incur a penalty of two strokes in stroke play, or loss of hole in match play, for a breach of Rule 15-2, part of which states; If a player substitutes a ball when not permitted to do so under the Rules (including […]

Continue Reading
When a player accidentally moves their ball

When a player accidentally moves their ball

Most golfers know that causing their ball to move incurs a penalty of one stroke, under Rule 18-2, and that the ball must then be replaced. However, there are some circumstances where a player does not incur a penalty for accidentally moving their ball, which I am listing here. A ball that that has been […]

Continue Reading
Understanding local rules in golf

Understanding local rules in golf

We all know that we should arrive at the course well before our starting time, in order to prepare properly for our round. But, when we are playing a course that is unfamiliar to us, we often forget about what I consider to be one of the most important tasks of all, to read the […]

Continue Reading
Dropping or Placing the Ball

Dropping or Placing the Ball

It is important that golfers know when to place and when to drop their ball under the Rules, because if a ball is dropped when it should have been placed, or placed when it should have been dropped, and a stroke is made, there is a penalty of two strokes in stroke play, or loss […]

Continue Reading
10 Golden Rules of Golf

10 Golden Rules of Golf

The original Rules of Golf, issued by the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers in 1744, numbered just 13. Today’s Rules of Golf has 34 Rules with over 200 sections and subsections, totaling more than 20,000 words. It is no wonder that many golfers never bother to read the Rules book and those that do often […]

Continue Reading

Subscribe Now