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.
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...
To answer questions from yesterday's little quiz: 1. A practice swing made with no intent to strike a ball is not a practice stroke. (Ref# 114) Answer is True (Rule 5.5a) 2. A leaf sticking to the ball is a loose impediment. Answer is False (Definition Loose...read more
I'll publish the answers to these questions tomorrow. 1. A practice swing made with no intent to strike a ball is not a stroke. True False 2. A leaf sticking to the ball is a loose impediment. True False 3. In the general area, if a player's ball in play has been...read more
One of the most anticipated "new" Rules for 2019 was the optional Local Rule that provides an alternative to the stroke-and-distance penalty for a ball lost or out of bounds. This situation is on the list of those times when expectations figuratively crash into...read more
In our 30 Days of 2019 Rules Changes series, we highlighted 30 major rules changes. There are, of course, several other smaller rules changes that didn't quite make the cut. Below, I'll discuss a chunk of those, and in parentheses, cite the applicable Rule(s). Some of...read more
Is there a “most important” Rule in the 2019 Rules of Golf? Depends, of course. But Rule 14 (last year’s Rule 20) is pretty important. Every time you touch your ball in play, Rule 14 is somehow involved. The Rule covers when and how the player may mark the spot of a...read more
In what may be one of the first instances of the "Modernized" 2019 Rules of Golf coming into play… Webb Simpson was searching for his ball in the weeds short of the fifth green Saturday at Kapalua when he stepped on a clump of grass and out popped the ball. Five days...read more
When your ball lies in a BUNKER, the following are allowed: Not new - You may move movable obstructions. If the ball moves, replace the ball with no penalty. New - You may carefully move loose impediments. If the ball moves, replace the ball and take a one-stroke...read more
https://twitter.com/bubbawatson/status/1079467496313257984 Yes, unfortunately, that's a penalty, Bubba. Though you can now putt with the flagstick in the hole without penalty, the decision on whether to leave the flagstick in, take it out, or have it tended (in which...read more
Click here and spend ten minutes to read this PDF. (Or, better yet, get the version from the R&A.) The title of the PDF is "Certain Topics or Proposals Not Addressed in the Proposed New Rules of Golf for 2019" and the topic is precisely that. For anyone interested...read more
In 2018 and before: If the ball was moved by any player, caddie or outside agency (such as an animal, spectator or moving object) it must be replaced on its original spot. If however the ball was moved by wind, water or other natural forces (including when the ball...read more
This one is pretty simple, and mirrors the Embedded Ball Rule change in essentially flipping an often-used Local Rule into a standard Rule. In 2018's Rules of Golf, Rule 14-3b, Appendix 1A (section 7), and Appendix IV (section 5) cover distance-measuring devices...read more
This is yet another splendid simplification of a cumbersome old Rule. The bottom line here: if you damage your club in any way you may continue to use it and you may not replace it. Seems fair, right? Well, what if your driver falls out of the bag and the maniac in...read more