Golf Rules Guru
Helping the ordinary golfer understand and apply the Rules of Golf
Most of the posts on this site are from what I have seen on the golf course as a player, referee, spectator, or TV viewer. A few are derived from the presentation material we used to introduce the 2019 rules to golfers and golf clubs across the county. I’ve also started challenging you to be the referee with some video scenarios – do have a look at the video section and leave me your feedback.
Golf is a unique sport in that all abilities can compete together and we all play by the same set of rules. Knowing these rules will help you not to waste strokes, or incur unnecessary penalties, when you can’t play the course as you find it and the ball as it lies.Knowing the rules, and keeping a clear head, can make a huge difference in critical situations – think of Jordan Spieth on the 13th at Birkdale in the 2017 Open. Watch this Team Titleist recreation along with Jordan’s own memories and description of his thought process.
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“We’d Better Get a Referee – Video Challenge”
I started playing golf as a Junior with an unofficial handicap of 54. It didn’t take long to get down to the highest official handicap allowed (24 at the time) and eventually to a low of 6 before it has crept inevitably upwards over the last few years.
My experience with the Rules comes from refereeing at county level, presenting rules education sessions for golfers and golf clubs, and passing the Level 2 and 3 exams on the 2019 rules. I can’t claim to give definitive rulings (you will need to contact the R&A or USGA for that), but I do have a good network of other county referees for the difficult questions / scenarios so don’t hold back on any question you may have.
I hope that you find something on the site that saves you a shot in a future competition or stops the horrible “DQ” appearing next to your name
NB I’m not claiming to be a “Golf Rules Guru”, but it does make a nice site name!
- Which Rule would you like to see changed?A bit of a different post this one, but I would be glad of your thoughts. There is expected to be a new edition of the rules for January 2023 – not a big rewrite like 2019, but there are likely to be some changes. What rules would you like to see changed and why? Please add your thoughts to the … Continue reading Which Rule would you like to see changed?
- After the Round – Scorecard ResponsibilitiesYou haven’t finished your round when you hole out at the 18th – you must now deal with checking and returning your scorecard. Returning your score is an integral part of game but is also possibly the most frustrating way to be penalised or DQ’d if done incorrectly. You must return your card without “undue delay” so this should be the … Continue reading After the Round – Scorecard Responsibilities
- Preferred LiesAs we (in the northern hemisphere) move into the colder months and courses can’t be maintained in peak summer conditions “Winter Rules” are often brought into play on the 1st of October. Probably the most common of these is a preferred lie rule which should be based on the model local rule E-3. This is not a “Rule of Golf” but … Continue reading Preferred Lies