Everyday Rules You Should Know

Learn from others’ mistakes

I see lots of players misunderstanding rules or not knowing their options in common situations. These happen every day on every golf course and in almost every group. You will save yourself strokes if you know your options.

Back-on-the-Line Change for 2023

There has been a slight change to the back-on-the-line procedure from 1st January 2023 and it is probably more in line with what golfers actually did, rather than what they were meant to do, following the 2019 rule changes. This procedure for getting a ball in play is relevant for a few situations: From 1st…

Speeding Up Play

Are you normally “behind the group in front” or “in front of the group behind”? I have been around golf courses since I was born – my first home as a baby was in the clubhouse of the course where my Dad was the Golf Pro & Head Greenkeeper and my Mum was the Steward.…

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…

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…

“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…


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