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"...

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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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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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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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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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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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