The Double Hit Challenge

View this post on Instagram Is anyone else finding it much easier to get around trees with the change in the double hit rule?? 😂 . . . P.S I am just joking 🏌🏼‍♀️ . . . #golf #rules #golfrules #rulechange #doublehit #penalty #golfer #golfing #trickshots #trickshot...

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...

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:...

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...

Answers to January 12th’s Five Basic Rules Questions

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...

January 12th’s Five Basic Rules Questions

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...

New Local Rule for Lost Ball or Ball Out of Bounds

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...

Smaller 2019 Rules Changes

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...