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Here are 10 "Unwritten Rules" in Golf - How many do you know?

Here are 10 “Unwritten Rules” in Golf – How many do you know?

Here are 10 “Unwritten Rules” in Golf – How many do you know?

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!

There are certainly more than 10 “Unwritten Rules” in golf, but these will do for a start.  For those of you who are learning the game, these etiquette tips are invaluable.  You also want to learn some of the basic rules.  The USGA puts out a beginner’s guide to the rules of golf.  Check on the USGA website.  Thanks to Andrew Tursky of Golf Wrx for this interesting list!

Here are 10 "Unwritten Rules" in Golf - How many do you know?

Raking the bunker might be an obvious thing to do, but don’t forget to hit the bottom of your shoes with the rake or a club to get the excess sand off before you walk onto the green!

Golf Course Etiquette.

There is certain etiquette all golfers are taught when first learning to play the game, such as not to step in another person’s line on the green and not to talk while another person is hitting. Those are the basics, but not what I’m talking about here. Instead, there are underlying rules of etiquette, ones that you may never even know existed.

You see, the mind of a golfer is very fragile and often irrational. But, it’s understandable since there’s a constant battle going on inside of it — juggling swing thoughts, demons, highs, and lows. At any point, a golfer’s patience can snap, and the last thing he or she needs is a push from a playing partner.

When you’re in a group with another golfer, your job is to be respectful, helpful, enjoyable, and sometimes just stay out of the way. Of course, you don’t want to unknowingly aggravate a player in your group (unless you’re playing match play, maybe), but that’s another discussion entirely.

Here’s a list of 10 unwritten, unspoken rules of golf etiquette.

10. Don’t talk to someone else’s golf ball.

I know; you’re only being polite. But when golfers spray a shot, and it’s heading for the water, you can bet they know it’s heading for the water. They don’t need you yelling at it or begging for it to stay dry. If they want to instruct their golf ball to behave a certain way, leave it up to them.

The last thing you want is for them to say GO as their ball flies toward a fairway bunker while you’re telling it to SIT… only to see it land in the sand. Awkward.

Your pleads to another’s golf ball can also come across as insincere or even disrespectful. For example, if the ball is clearly hooking left into the trees, and you yell, “spit it!” you’re basically saying that the golfer just hit a shot that needs to get extremely lucky. Surely the player doesn’t need to hear your confirmation that he or she just hit a terrible shot.

It’s their golf ball; they paid for it, they hit it, and they know best where it’s going. When in doubt, silence is always the best approach.

9. If you say “nice shot,” make sure it was a nice shot.

“Nice shot” is undoubtedly the most overused compliment in golf, so make sure to use it correctly.

Imagine you’re a scratch golfer, and your ball is in the fairway about 100 yards out, your favorite number. The pin is tucked back-right, but you’re eyeing it up and looking to attack in hopes of making birdie. You ended up tugging it and didn’t catch it cleanly either, so you let your hand off the club in disappointment. The ball lands on the front left portion of the green for an outside chance at birdie, and you’re heated. You slam the club back in your bag, upset at the missed opportunity, and another player in the group gives you a half-hearted nice shot.

Now, not only did the compliment go unappreciated, but the scratch golfer may now be thinking, “Are their standards so low of my golf game that they think that’s a nice shot?”

And this goes for any level of golfer. No one wants to hear nice shot when it was below their standards. So the point is, compliment a player on hitting a good one but make sure the player agrees with you.

8. Show some love.

On the flip side, if your playing partner is faced with a difficult shot — maybe they need to hit a towering shot over a tree to a green guarded by water — and they pull it off, make sure to say something more than “nice shot.” Especially if you’re the one who said “nice shot” when that same player hit a semi-chunk from 100 yards on the hole before.

Since a golfer’s mind is fragile, it doesn’t hurt to stroke their ego a bit when they hit an amazing shot. 

To see all 10 of the Unwritten Rules of Golf, go here!

Source: Andrew Tursky  Golf Wrx

Pictures:  Golf Wrx

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The Lazy Mans 17 Rules of Golf that need to be Changed!

The Lazy Mans 17 Rules of Golf that need to be Changed!

The Lazy Mans 17 Rules of Golf that need to be Changed!

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!

My opponent hits the ball 20 yards off-line to the left and finds a lateral water hazard.  He can drop where the ball entered the hazard and play 3 from there.  I drive the ball 20 yards off-line to the right, and my ball goes out of bounds.  I have to play 3 off the tee.  Now that is just so unfair!  We could all make a lengthy list of the golf rules we don’t like or would like to see modified or changed completely.   of Golf Digest has created his own list.  How many of these do you agree with?

1. Play OB as a lateral hazard

The Lazy Mans 17 Rules of Golf that need to be Changed!

2. Move Your Ball Out Of A Footprint

The Lazy Mans 17 Rules of Golf that need to be Changed!

 

3. Play Winter Rules When Applicable

The Lazy Mans 17 Rules of Golf that need to be Changed!
 
 
 

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What is your take on the study on increased distance on Tour?

What is your take on the study on increased distance on Tour?

What is your take on the study on increased distance on Tour?
 
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 USGA and the R&A stated that there were no immediate plans to change the rules on equipment.  Using the words “slow creep” regarding increased distance on Tour, the governing bodies see no need to panic at the moment.  I completely disagree with that! At the current rate of a 1% gain in distance each year, it would mean that in 17 more years (not that long, considering this study is over 13 years), the Tour Pros will be hitting the ball over 400 yards! We’re talking average here.  The longer hitters will be driving short par 4’s with ease.  And turning 500-yard par 4’s into a drive and a lob wedge.  The time to act is now.  Not like the anchored putter debacle when they waited too long to change the rule.  I agree with Jack. Change the ball for the pros, but let the amateurs play with regular balls to enjoy an extra few yards and thus increase participation in the game!
 

USGA/R&A publishes research on driving distance gains on PGA Tour

 It seems that everyone, from media critics to former players, has a solution for the problem of distance gains in golf today, whether it’s to dial back the golf ball, change regulations on equipment or to continue to lengthen golf courses. Even Jack Nicklaus offered his advice: “Change the friggin’ golf ball.

On Thursday, the USGA and R&A published research from a joint study on driver distance that may put those concerns to rest for the near future.

The study looked at data on driver distance across seven major professional golf tours — the PGA, European, Japan Golf, Web.com, Champions, LPGA and Ladies European. As presented in the research, distance gains are at a “slow creep,” as opposed to what some critics have suggested.

Click here to read the full study. 

The chart below was used in the research study, showing yearly driving distance averages across the seven major tours — data for the PGA Tour dates back to 1980.

What is your take on the study on increased distance on Tour?

 

Also included is a look at yearly scoring averages, which the report also refers to as a “slow creep” downward.

What is your take on the study on increased distance on Tour?
 
 
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The wives of the members of Muirfield don't want to be members!

The wives of the members of Muirfield don’t want to be members!

The wives of the members of Muirfield don’t want to be members!
 
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There has been a lot said over the past week about Muirfield announcing that they would not allow ladies to be club members.  The R&A reprimand was swift and punishing, and they removed Muirfield from the British Open Rota.   But there is more to the story than meets the eye. (As there always is.) and former European Tour member and renowned TV analyst Peter Alliss give us what the lady members at Muirfield think.  Check out the link below from Swing by Swing.
 
The wives of the members of Muirfield don't want to be members!

Peter Allis puts his foot in it!

 

Muirfield’s refusal to admit women members!

The aftermath of the R&A’s decision to pull Muirfield from the possible venues to host the Open Championshipas a result of the club’s refusal to admit women members continues to play out publicly.

Speaking with BBC Radio 5 Live, veteran golf commentator Peter Alliss stoked the flames a bit more with a suggestion for women who wish to play at Muirfield. The Guardian has the details:

Alliss, one of the most distinctive voices in golf, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “The women who are there as wives of husbands, they get all the facilities. 

“I believe clubs were formed years ago by people of like spirit: doctors, lawyers, accountants, bakers, butchers, whatever they like. And they joined in like spirit to talk amongst them and to do whatever. I want to join the WVS [Women’s Voluntary Service] but unless I have a few bits and pieces nipped away on my body I’m not going to be able to get in.”

Read the wives’ response for Peter Allis when he suggested that they were soon to be members!

Source: Swing by Swing

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9 hole Competitions encourage more golf participation!

9 hole Competitions encourage more golf participation!

9 hole Competitions encourage more golf participation!

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The continuing question of how to grow the game of golf in today’s busy world has been given a boost by the R&A.

Golf’s governing body will introduce the first 9 holes Amateur Championship at Royal Troon the week before the Open Championship at the same venue.  I would like to see more clubs follow this lead of featuring 9 hole competitions, which could lure back some golfers to the game who found 18 holes too much of a time commitment.  The idea of teeing it up again and having a little friendly competition in just a little over 2 hours has a definite appeal!

Thanks to Ryan Herrington of Golf World Digital for this interesting story!

9 hole Competitions encourage more golf participation!

12th at Royal Troon

It was about time—in more ways than one—when the R&A announced last week, it will hold its first nine-hole championship for amateurs the Saturday before this year’s British Open at Royal Troon (shown). R & R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers, who considers his primary challenge reversing declining participation, cited data from the governing body showing that 60 percent of golfers would enjoy the sport more if it took less time. More specifically, 21 percent of golfers age 25-44 who are unhappy with the pace of play would like to see the time for an 18-hole round reduced by as much as 90 minutes. The easy alternative, of course, is to encourage more golfers to play nine-hole rounds.

Source: Ryan Herrington  Golf World Digital

Pictures: DAVID CANNON/R&A/R&A VIA GETTY IMAGES

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One of the Oddest Rules questions ever asked of the PGA Tour!

One of the Oddest Rules questions ever asked of the PGA Tour!

One of the Oddest Rules questions ever asked of the PGA Tour!
 
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Jordan Spieth Question on the rules.

Recently Jordan Spieth stumped the PGA Tour officials with a rules question, asking if he could wet the bottom of his putter to gain better traction on really smooth greens where his putter tended to slip.  This was a question the PGA Tour had never been asked before, so erring on the side of caution, they asked Jordan to refrain from doing this until they got an official ruling from either the USGA or the R&A, the two ruling bodies that determine the rules of the game.  He recently got his answer.  Thanks to Chris Chaney from Swing by Swing for this report!
 

One of the Oddest Rules questions ever asked of the PGA Tour!

What was the question?

The greens on the PGA Tour can get rolling pretty quickly. For Jordan Spieth and his trusty rusty Scotty Cameron 009 Prototype putter, that slick surface can cause his club to slide when the greens get extra slippery. As a result, Spieth liked to wet the bottom of his putter, either with his fingers or a wet towel, in order to gain more traction with the bottom of the club. But, is that legal?

During the third round of the World Golf Championships Cadillac Championship at Doral, the greens were getting slick and Spieth called over a rules official to check on the legality of wetting the putter in order to create stability. The official was stumped. Although Spieth said he never resorted to wetting the bottom of the putter in competition, he wanted to know if he could do so legally under the Rules of Golf.

This is what he found out, via GolfChannel.com:

“I’ve spoken to commentators, players and nobody knew the answer if you can do it,” he said. “I didn’t know if it was legal so I’ve never done it on the golf course [during a tournament round], so I asked an official once I knew the course was like that [on Saturday].”

Spieth did approach a rules official on the third hole at Doral with the question, “What my intentions ws his question.  I told him to make it easier to set the putter down,” 

After a review of the question by the rules staff, the answer came back to Spieth on the eighth hole. “It is a split on the decision,” 

“So they called the [U.S. Golf Association] and he said that the USGA was going to talk about it further but for now we’re going to rule that you cannot do it.”

Playing it on the safe side, Spieth said he refrained from wetting the putter until he received an official ruling, which he did prior to the Masters.

To find out what the ruling of both the USGA and the R&A was on Jordan’s request, go here!

Source: Swing by Swing   Chris Chaney

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Which Rules 3 rules would you change if you could?

Which Rules 3 rules would you change if you could?

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!

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?

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