Learn from others’ mistakes
I asked my fellow referees which rules they see misused, misapplied, or broken most frequently by the normal club golfer – here they are!
This is maybe an inadvertent giving yourself a “chance” of getting the ball out from heavy rough. You are not allowed to improve any of Conditions Affecting the Stroke. But what are they? the lie of the ball the area of intended stance the area of intended swing the line of play the relief area … Continue reading Misunderstood Rules 1: Improving your Lie
Often well meaning comments made by another player in your group, but you can also inadvertently ask for advice without thinking. A player may not give or seek advice to or from anyone except their caddie, partner or partner’s caddie (or a nominated “advice giver”, if allowed, in a team competition). Interestingly, the Advice Giver … Continue reading Misunderstood Rules 2: Giving or Receiving Advice
Perhaps every golfer is tempted by this with the following thought process: “It can’t be relief if I can’t get a swing at it, so I’ll find the nearest point where I can actually play the ball” Commonly known as finding the “nicest” rather than “nearest” point of relief. Sorry – but that isn’t correct. … Continue reading Misunderstood Rules 3: Nearest or Nicest Point of Relief?
Its very easy to take lateral relief from a Red Penalty Area next to where your ball is lying, however your reference point is the point where the ball last crossed in to the penalty area – perhaps a little bit further back as most red penalty areas are to the side. And don’t forget … Continue reading Misunderstood Rules 4: Lateral Relief from Red Penalty Areas
I once warned a playing partner not to do this when he picked up a ball which wasn’t (but might have been) his during a search, only for him to pick up his own ball to identify it 30 seconds later! The rule changed in 2019 – previously you had to tell your opponent or … Continue reading Misunderstood Rules 5: Identifying your ball
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