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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 […]

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The Untouchables

The Untouchables

The purpose of this article is to make you aware of some of the “untouchables” that you might encounter on the golf course. In this context, if you were to touch or move one of these “untouchables” during your round, you might be subject to a penalty! “The Untouchables” was a popular television crime drama […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Does size matter in golf?

Does size matter in golf?

As we all know, golf is the game for all ages, and its players come in all shapes and sizes. We may be short or tall, slim or not so slim, younger or more mature, male or female. The myriad of differences among golfers in terms of height and weight is uniquely accommodated by the […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Autumn leaves interrupting your game

Autumn leaves interrupting your game

First and foremost, keep in mind that detached leaves are loose impediments, unless they are clinging to your ball. Therefore, with leaves in the vicinity of your golf ball, you might want to leave (leaf!) well enough alone, unless… Unless… You are familiar with these rules: Rules as Rule 23 – Loose Impediments Rule 12-1b […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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