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Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf with Padraig Harrington - Part 1.

Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf with Padraig Harrington – Part 1.

Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf with Padraig Harrington – Part 1.

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Knowing the rules of golf can save you shots during the round. 

In the same way, you go to the range and work on your game, sometimes go to your rule book and study the rules.  Better still, get the USGA’s book called “Rules and Decisions”  This is a book filled with letters written into the USGA requesting a ruling that happened in live play.  It is much easier to learn the rules this way, but it shows the complexity of a game played on different terrains in different weather conditions.  Great read.

Here is the first part in a new series, “Do you know the rules,”  that I will be posting on a fairly regular basis.  These will feature common rules that often arise while playing the game we all love.  To compete on a level playing field, we must all adhere to the rules.  Our first video is brought to you by Swing by Swing

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Which Rules 3 rules would you change if you could?

Which Rules 3 rules would you change if you could?

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

We have 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, into a body of water, incurs only a 1-stroke penalty, plus he’s afforded a drop from where it went in.  Out of bounds should be played the same as a lateral water hazard. Stroke and distance is too severe a penalty, and then return to the tee holds up play for everyone, including the group behind us.

The second rule I dislike is the “play it as it lies” rule.  Rule 13-1 says, “The ball must be played as it lies, except as otherwise provided in the Rules.”

Nothing is more annoying than hitting a perfect drive right down the middle of the fairway and finding your ball sitting in a big, fat divot.  Especially playing a par 5 where you have to hit a fairway wood for your second.

The third rule I dislike is not being able to repair spike marks. 

Rule 16-1a prohibits touching the line of putt except in removing loose impediments and repairing ball marks.  Like that pesky divot in Rule 13-1, I think it unfair when I hit a perfect approach to the green and find a spike mark between myself and the hole.  I make the perfect stroke with my putt, only to see it bump offline and lip out!  I know that the USGA and the R&A tried to change this rule and then changed it back because they thought it took too much time out of the round.

Which Rules 3 rules would you change if you could?

The Royal and Ancient Clubhouse where the game has been governed for centuries.

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What is the difference between handicap and handicap index?

What is the difference between handicap and handicap index?

What is the difference between handicap and handicap index?

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

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 approximately 18 over par.  A handicap index makes sure these golfers compete equally even if they have received their handicaps from different courses.

What is the difference between handicap and handicap index?

The Original Rules of Golf.

Each course is designated a “Slope Rating” from each tee.  This indicates the difficulty of the course.  The higher the Slope Rating, the more difficult the course.  If a player from an easy course with a low Slope rating goes over to play with a friend who is a member of a more challenging course, with a higher Slope rating, even though their handicaps might be the same, in this instance, the player from the more challenging course would have to give the player from the easier course one or even two additional shots in the match.

For answers to the most common questions about handicap calculation, please visit usga.org.

Source: Mel Sole.

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Calling all Recreational Golfers – Have I got something for you!

Calling all Recreational Golfers – Have I got something for you!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the golfchats.com website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

How would you like to play golf where you can move your ball out of a divot, unraked sand in a bunker? 

Any commercially available equipment, and you can carry more than 14 clubs?  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.

Calling all Recreational Golfers - Have I got something for you!

The Recreational Golfer Association is going after the weekend golfer!

The Game of Golf is an ancient sport with rich history and traditions.  Golf should be fun!  Unlike most sports, the player is ultimately responsible for his or her own behavior, following the Rules and showing consideration for other players.  Deviating from these traditions is discouraged.  The Rules of Golf were originally created in 1744 in Scotland by the Honorable Company of Edinburgh Golfers. 

Over the years, the original 13 Rules have been amended continuously, and today, the USGA has 34 sometimes confusing Rules of Golf. 

These are appropriate for organized competitions for skilled players.  The United States Recreational Golf Association has created 13 simple Rules of Golf designed to make the game more fun and less intimidating for recreational golfers.  These rules directly reflect how the majority of golfers play the game in the United States.

A round of golf should finish in approximately four hours.  Players should be aware of their position on the course at all times and should attempt to keep up with the group in front of them. Letting faster players play through is a recommended courtesy.  Players are should encourag others to use the most forward tees and to tee the ball up in the fairway to speed up play.  

Whoever is ready to hit should hit.  Putt out; don’t mark once you’ve started putting. 

 If a player hits a ball that may hit another player it is customary to shout “fore” in the direction of the player.  Players are should encourag others to show respect for their fellow players and not cause distractions (talking, rattling clubs, etc.) that will disturb them.  On the putting green players should not step or stand on another player’s line to the hole.

Players should encourage others to fix ball marks on the putting green; their own as well as those of other players.  Replace divots in the fairway or fill with sand.  After hitting a shot from a bunker the player should carefully rake the sand and smooth it for other players.  Players may enlist the aid of a caddie to help them with their equipment or raking bunkers.

For the complete list of Rules and Etiquette, go here.

Source: LinkedIn – US Golf Leaders and Dave Felker

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