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PGA Tour Players should know the rules! But they Don’t!

I am constantly amazed how little the PGA  and European Tour players know the rules.  It does not seem so prevalent in the LPGA, but that is just a guess.   I have always contended that Tour players should not be able to get a ruling from a referee until after they have completed their drop.  THEN, the rules official should step in and say "Sorry, you infringed the rules and here is your penalty!"  That would make watching golf a lot more fun!  Amateurs have to make rulings on their own constantly, and I have often had to . . .

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Which Rules 3 rules of golf would you change if you could?

My pet peeve is stroke and distance, Rule 27-1a.

We are required to march all the way back to the tee and suffer a 2-shot penalty for hitting a ball out of bounds just right or left of the fairway. A playing partner on the same hole, hitting it off the other side of the fairway . . .

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Flag In or Out, that is the question?

When I watch the PGA and LPGA players, they all seem to do it differently.  Some like to take the pin out, others prefer to leave it in.  Which, however, gives the ball the most chance of going in the hole.  World renowned short game expert Dave Peltz gives us the definitive answer via golf.com

Dave Pelz has always recommended leaving the flagstick in the hole if you are off the green. Being Pelz, he researched the outcome of balls headed for the green, with . . .

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What is the difference between handicap and handicap index?

The handicap system allows golfers of all skill levels to compete on an equal basis.

A handicap is a numerical measure of a golfer's potential playing ability, based on the tees he or she plays from, on a given course.  Someone who has an 18 handicap, is generally expected to play a full round of golf with a score of approximately 18 over par.  A handicap index makes sure these golfers compete equally even if they have received their handicaps from different courses.

The Original Rules of Golf.

Players may possess the . . .

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Calling recreational golfers!

How would you like to play golf where you can move your ball out of a divot or unraked sand in a bunker?  Use any commercially available equipment and carry more than 14 clubs?  And out of bounds is only a 1 shot penalty?

Well now you can.  Join the U.S. Recreational Golf Association, a non-profit organization working to grow the game  and make it FUN!  FREE Membership and only 13 simple Rules of Golf.

 

The Game of Golf is an ancient sport with rich history . . .

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Be careful what you use as a swing aid on the golf course!

Golf is one of the few sports (if not the only one) where a spectator or viewer sitting at home, can call a rules infraction on a player during or after the round. There have been many such cases, none more famous than Craig Stadler putting a towel on the ground to hit a shot off his knees in order to avoid getting his pants dirty.  So when Jason Dufner was seen swinging a club on the course during a round with a glove under his left armpit, the phones at PGA Headquarters started buzzing!  But these was . . .

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Playing solo and posting scores is OK, if you move to Canada!

Every organization on the planet makes mistakes.  That is just life.  However, the smart ones, the successful ones, will admit they made a mistake, correct it and move on.  Not so with the USGA.  They definitely made a mistake saying that handicaps could no longer be posted if the golfer plays alone.  The Canadian Golf Association has already stated that they are not good with this ruling and will allow all golfers under their jurisdiction to still post scores while playing solo!  Well done eh!  Thanks must . . .

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4 Misconceptions about anchoring. I did not know this!

There was a small "incident" on the 17th hole of the final round of the Sony Open this weekend.  Zach Blair used his 3 wood to chip from just off the green and the butt end of the club inadvertently brushed his body as the club came through towards the hole.  Some people questioned whether he had violated the "anchoring rule" where it is forbidden to have a club held against the body to stabilize the stroke.  Ryan Farb, writing a special forlearn about our VIP Program here »

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