The most major changes in 30 years to the Rules of Golf went into effect on January 1, 2019. This Guide to the Rules of Golf gives you a clear and quick overview of the Rules of Golf and the recent changes which most commonly come into play when you need a fast answer.
This book covers stroke and match play and is divided into 7 sections: Before Starting Play, Tee Area, General Area (Fairway & Rough, etc.), Relief in the General Area, Penalty Areas, Bunkers, and Greens. Some rules are repeated in several of the 7 sections for easy reference.
The next several pages, “QUICK RULES SUMMARY” will answer most rule questions in seconds with more information shown in the page reference.
You don’t have to remember all the rules if you keep this guide handy or on your phone for fast answers to rule questions. Happy golfing!
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This book covers virtually all golf rules involved in stroke and match play and is divided into 7 sections: Before Starting Play, Tee Area, General Area (Fairway & Rough, etc.), Relief in the General Area, Penalty Areas, Bunkers, and Greens. Some rules are repeated in several of the 7 sections for easy reference. It also has a Quick Rules Summary which will answer most rule questions in seconds and the applicable penalties.
This guide is easy to read and explains these subjects in sections of the guide book and much more
PRACTICING ON THE COURSE BEFORE THE ROUND
PRACTICING ON THE COURSE DURING A ROUND
“GENERAL PENALTY” - MEANS A 2-STROKE PENALTY IN STROKE PLAY AND LOSS OF HOLE IN MATCH PLAY
NEW MAXIMUM SCORE FORMAT
SLOW PLAY – 1 STROKE FOR THE FIRST UNREASONABLE DELAY, A GENERAL PENALTY FOR SECOND DELAY AND DQ FOR THE THIRD DELAY
DISTANCE MEASURING DEVICES - ALLOWED
CODE OF CONDUCT – POSSIBLE PENALTIES
TIGHTENING CLUBHEAD OR SHAFT
BORROWING OR SHARING OF CLUBS
CHANGING GOLF BALLS
“CLUB LENGTH” MEANS THE LONGEST CLUB IN YOUR BAG EXCEPT FOR YOUR PUTTER
TEE AREA RULES
ADVICE ON THE COURSE - ASKING FOR OR GIVING ADVICE ON DISTANCES OR LINE OF PLAY, ETC. IS ALLOWED IF IT IS PUBLIC INFORMATION
TEE AREA DIMENSIONS - A RECTANGULAR AREA MEASURING 2-CLUB LENGTHS BACK FROM THE FRONT EDGE OF THE TEE MARKERS
PLAYER DOESN’T HAVE TO USE A TEE WHEN TEEING OFF
USING TWIGS, ETC. TO LINE UP A SHOT
IF A PLAYER ACCIDENTALLY HITS THE BALL OR IF IT
MOVING TEE MARKERS IS NOT ALLOWED WHEN TEEING OFF - BUT OK IF PLAYER IS NOT ON THE TEE AREA OF THE HOLE BEING PLAYED
TEE SHOT GOES OB OR LOST - PLAY A PROVISIONAL BALL OR CONSIDER LOCAL RULE OPTIONS
BALL OB OR NOT OB? THE ENTIRE BALL MUST BE OUT OF BOUNDS FOR IT TO BE OB
NO PROVISIONAL BALL IS ALLOWED IF PLAYER HITS INTO A PENALTY AREA
BALL ACCIDENTALLY HITS PLAYER OR SOMETHING ELSE - NO PENALTY AND PLAY IT AS IT LIES
REPLACING DAMAGED CLUBS - YOU ARE ALLOWED TO REPLACE A DAMAGED CLUB IF YOU DIDN’T DAMAGE IT
REPAIRING AND USING A DAMAGED CLUB
GOLF COURSE AREAS - BALL IS ALWAYS TREATED AS BEING IN ONLY ONE AREA.
ACCIDENTALLY MOVING A BALL IN THE GENERAL AREA - PLAYER INCURS A 1 STROKE PENALTY IF PLAYER CAUSES HIS BALL TO MOVE
ANOTHER BALL INTERFERES - YOU CAN REQUEST THE OTHER PLAYER TO MARK HIS BALL
CLEANING YOUR BALL - GENERALLY ALLOWED WHEN YOU LIFT IT – EXCEPT 1. WHEN IDENTIFYING YOUR BALL, 2. INSPECTING IT FOR DAMAGE, 3. IT INTERFERES WITH ANOTHER BALL, OR 4. TO SEE IF IT LIES IN A CONDITION FOR RELIEF
IMPROVING CONDITIONS OF YOUR SHOT - NOT ALLOWED
DECLARING A BALL UNPLAYABLE – 3 OPTIONS WITH ONE PENALTY STROKE: REPLAY SHOT, BACK-ON-THE-LINE, OR 2-CLUB LENGTH DROP
BALL IS MOVED BY ANOTHER - REPLACE IT WITHOUT PENALTY
BALL MOVED BY NATURAL FORCES - PLAY IT AS IT LIES
PLACING CLUBS ETC. ON THE GROUND FOR ALIGNMENT
NOT SURE OF A RULE - PLAY TWO BALLS
And, much more quick reference information on current golf rules with all major USGA and R & A changes.