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Marking a Ball on the Putting Green

Marking a Ball on the Putting Green

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 […]

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Rules of Golf: Water Hazards

Rules of Golf: Water Hazards

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.

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Marking the Position of Your Ball

Marking the Position of Your Ball

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 […]

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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 […]

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Who Plays First

Who Plays First

Lou Abbot’s and Bud Costello’s “Who’s on First” sketch from the mid-1930’s is arguably the most famous comedy routine of all time. The premise of the bit is that Abbott is trying to help Costello sort out the nicknames and positions of the players on a baseball team. However, this task becomes virtually impossible for […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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