Searching for 2 Balls in the Same Place

Everyone knows that you now have 3 minutes to search for your ball, and if it isn't found within that time it is "lost". Bit what happens if you are looking for 2 balls (perhaps the original and a provisional or for two different players) in the same area? Surely you have 3 minutes to … Continue reading Searching for 2 Balls in the Same Place

Cam Smith – Penalty Area Relief

An illustration of how simple things can go wrong - also perhaps why Tour Players will call a referee for situations where you might expect them to know the rules. The language used in the video is a little "loose" when referring to "complete relief" (which he doesn't need to take), but it does teach … Continue reading Cam Smith – Penalty Area Relief

“Declaring a Ball Lost”

A fairly common phrase heard on the course after a poor shot "I'll declare that ball lost". The problem is that this has no meaning within the rules - under Rule 18.2a the only time a ball is lost is when it is "not found in three minutes after the player or his or her caddie begins … Continue reading “Declaring a Ball Lost”

(Not) Attending the Flag

So this wasn't during a competition round, but what would your ruling be if you witnessed this happening? (Just Jack's putt - don't worry about the banter with Johnny Miller before or the fact that he had just popped the ball down on the green). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9KrMQDU94g You will notice that Jack's caddie ran over to … Continue reading (Not) Attending the Flag

Rory’s tee shot hits JT’s

A great example of exactly what to do when given a ruling. At the Canadian Open Justin Thomas hits a nice drive down the middle of the fairway. Rory then hits and his tee shot, also straight down the middle, hits JT's. What do you do? JT's ball has been moved by an "outside influence" … Continue reading Rory’s tee shot hits JT’s

Caring for the Course

A slightly different post this one, although a topic important enough to be included as Rule 1.2, just behind the fundamental principles of Golf (which are stated as Rule 1.1 if you are interested) We love playing on courses that are in good condition, but we don't always remember the role that we have in … Continue reading Caring for the Course

Bridges & Penalty Areas

Artificial objects on the course which cannot be moved without unreasonable effort (such as bridges, roads, and buildings) are "Immovable Obstructions" (a type of "Abnormal Course Condition") unless they have been defined under the local rules as "integral parts of the course". You may take relief under Rule 16 from these Immovable Obstructions if they … Continue reading Bridges & Penalty Areas

Touching the Sand in a Bunker

At a recent men's elite competition I was amazed to come across a golfer who routinely grounded his club behind the ball and then swept the sand away on his backswing. While the 2019 rule did make a few changes about is allowable in a bunker this didn't change. Rule 12 is all about bunkers. … Continue reading Touching the Sand in a Bunker