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!
A quick revisit on request to a topic covered a while ago. This is really a reminder that there is just one NEAREST Point of Complete Relief. The rules do not allow you to choose the nicest point of complete relief! Recommendation is to always determine your nearest point of complete relief before you pick … Continue reading Relief from a Path Parallel to Direction of Play
A rule I see broken with astonishing regularity. Keep your eyes open and I’m sure you’ll find someone does it during your next friendly fourball. Rule of Thumb (but not a rule of golf): MARK YOUR BALL FIRST if you ever need to touch or lift it. And please remember that if you do need … Continue reading DO NOT TOUCH YOUR BALL (without marking its position first)!
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?
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