A Rules Geek's General Guide to Responding to Rules Bashers on Recent Topics

Whether you’re talking about Justin Thomas whining about the Rules, people siding with Adam Schenk or Haotong Li, or Rickie Fowler’s ridiculous “drop,” those offering “hot takes” and commentary on the Rules of Golf are often uninformed. Read our general guide to refuting this line of commentary.

30 Days of 2019 Rules Changes!

There are about 30 major changes to the rules in 2019, and day by day we’ll be going through each of these changes to discuss and discover what’s new in 2019!

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New Match Play Terminology and Rules

With the start of the WGC Match Play tournament about to begin, we thought now was an appropriate time to point out that holes are no longer halved, the status of the match is now the score, and that "dormie" has gone the way of the dodo. Yes, with the "simplified"...

Phil Mickelson Encounters an OB Fence

https://twitter.com/PGATOUR/status/1103756527956094976 They say hindsight is 20/20. Phil Mickelson drove a ball near an OB fence and the ball was determined to be in bounds. He opted to play the next shot right-handed, turning over one of his irons, and ended up...

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Pine Cone Falls on Ball at Rest in a Bunker

A player sees a pine cone fall on his ball at rest in a bunker, pushing it slightly downwards into the sand. 9.6 tells us if we have KVC (known or virtually certain) the ball must be replaced. 9.6 Ball Lifted or Moved by Outside Influence If it is known or virtually...

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Backstopping Reaches the LPGA Tour

Jimmy Walker and Justin Thomas made waves last year when, addressing the topic of "backstopping" on the PGA Tour, both said that it was effectively "their right" if they play quickly or want to help out a friend to either allow their ball to be "backstopped" or to...

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USGA/R&A “Clarify” 10.2b(4)

Today the USGA and R&A issued a "clarification" on 10.2b(4) - the "caddies cannot stand behind the player when the player begins taking his stance" rule. The PDF can be found...

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Our View(s) on Rule 10.2b(4)

Below are the views of the RulesGeeks.com staff on Rule 10.2b(4). Erik J. Barzeski Rule 10.2b(4) is a good Rule, and despite popular opinion and the likes of Rickie Fowler or Justin Thomas or Luke Donald calling the Rule "stupid," a reasonably well-written Rule, too....

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Haotong Li at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic

This past weekend, Hatong Li was penalized two strokes under Rule 10.2b(4) on the 18th green at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic: https://twitter.com/brijon5555/status/1089579263798460416 The penalty dropped Li from a T-3 to a T-12 finish, costing him about €100,000....

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Is a Skunk a Dangerous Animal? What About Poison Ivy?

New Rule 16,2 tells us we don't have to play a ball located next to a mountain lion and her two cubs. Fine — who needed a Rule to tell us that? Well, what the Rule really spells out is how you may take free relief… most of the time, from "dangerous" situations. The...

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The Double Hit Challenge

https://www.instagram.com/p/BsduCavHRd1/ https://twitter.com/HSBC_Sport/status/1085144562392317957 In the 2019 Rules of Golf, Rule 10.1a says: In making a stroke: The player must fairly strike at the ball with the head of the club such that there is only momentary...

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Answer to Yesterday’s “What’s the Score” Question

Yesterday's tough question. In stroke play, a player's tee shot is known to have come to rest in an area of ground under repair and was not found after a three-minute search by the player. He plays another ball from the tee under Rule 18.1, which came to rest nearby...

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Dropping Need Not Be from the Hand

In revising the rules regarding dropping for 2019, the USGA and R&A may have forgotten to include an important detail. Rule 14.2b says: b. Ball Must Be Dropped in Right Way The player must drop a ball in the right way, which means all three of these things:...

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What Is the Player’s Score on the Hole?

Ever wonder what sort of questions are on the PGA/USGA Rules Exam? You may have heard about the 100 question exam typically offered at the end of the 3½ day Rules Workshops held over the winter at various locations around the country. Well, this is the sort of...

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