Van Rooyen drops his putter on his ball-marker An absorbing 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie, Scotland, was relatively Rules incident free, but there was one ruling that may be of interest to readers, not because it played any part in the ups and downs of the player concerned, but because of the changes in the […]
Author Archive | Barry Rhodes
Diving deeper into the rulebook, Barry Rhodes explains exactly what a lateral water hazard is… and how to handle one if you end up in the drink.
I am often asked this question… Is marking the position of a ball on a putting green with the toe of a putter head permitted by the Rules? Personally, I wish that it wasn’t, as in my opinion it is an unsatisfactory, lazy practice that should be discouraged, especially in competitive golf, but this part […]
Water hazards are bad enough without all the confusing rules about playing after you end up in the drink. Fortunately, Barry Rhodes is here to explain everything there is to know about water hazards.
Exactly what makes a ball unplayable? And exactly what should you do next? Barry Rhodes explains it all… exactly.
Barry Rhodes explains what he considers one of the most misunderstood – and most broken – rules in golf: the Nearest Point of Relief.
A common question that some amateur golfers seem to have a problem with. Which Rules situations require the position of a ball to be marked and which do not? An easy rule of thumb to assist you with this question is that when the ball is to be replaced at the same spot it was […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]