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01/01/18 —
By OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for Full Rule of the Month Archive Winter Conditions. Does the game of golf really need more challenges? Those golfers brave (or foolish) enough to be playing in poor weather conditions face the additional challenges of a wet and windy course and added clothing that makes swinging a club difficult. On the bright side, it is very easy to get a tee time when the weather conditions are not perfect. The Rules of Golf provide some relief when dealing with certain course conditions. But generally, more generous relief is...
12/11/17 —
FAR HILLS, N.J. USA and ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - A working group led by the USGA and The R&A has unanimously agreed to adopt a new set of protocols for video review when applying the Rules of Golf. The group, consisting of the PGA TOUR, LPGA, PGA European Tour, Ladies European Tour and The PGA of America, as well as the governing bodies, will implement the following measures from January 1, 2018: Assign one or more officials to monitor the video broadcast of a competition to help identify and resolve Rules issues as they arise Discontinue any steps to facilitate or consider viewer call-ins...
12/01/17 —
By OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for Full Rule of the Month Archives With 2018 right around the corner, many golfers are asking if there are any changes to the Rules for next year. You will be happy to hear that there will not be any changes and the current Rules of Golf will continue to govern not only in Oregon, but throughout the U.S. and the rest of the world. However, 2019 will be pivotal to the game of golf as proposed changes are on the table as the USGA and R&A finish up work on a Rules modernization project -- work that has been on-going...
11/17/17 —
The USGA and R&A earlier this year unveiled a preview of proposed new Rules of Golf as part of a joint initiative to modernize the Rules and make them easier to understand and apply. Rules Modernization - Player Behavior - USGA.org USGA.org has a new resource that details the 33 major changes expected to have the most impact on the game and to be of most interest to golfers. This week's focus is on Player Behavior. Click on the link above for the full section or click on each individual link below for articles applicable to specific situations. Items Covered: Expected Standards of Player...
11/01/17 —
By OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly With the exceptions to Rule 13-2 (Improving Lie, Area of Intended Stance or Swing, or Line of Play) out of the way, (click here to see last month’s article) we turn our focus to the exceptions in the other Rules. Almost every Rule has an exception of some sort. Many will be written directly into the Rule or mentioned in either a Note or an Exception after the Rule. Still others will be found in the Definition section and even the Decisions. Knowing and playing by the Rules will always further the enjoyment of the game and knowing...
10/17/17 —
The USGA and R&A earlier this year unveiled a preview of proposed new Rules of Golf as part of a joint initiative to modernize the Rules and make them easier to understand and apply. Rules Modernization - When to Play During a Round - USGA.org USGA.org has a new resource that details the 33 major changes expected to have the most impact on the game and to be of most interest to golfers. This week's focus is on When to Play During a Round. Click on the link above for the full section or click on each individual link below for articles applicable to specific situations. Items Covered:...
10/01/17 —
By OGA Senior Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Rule 13-2 Exceptions Last month we tackled one of the most difficult Rules for a player or official to apply on the course. Rule 13-2, which prohibits improving the lie, area of intended stance or swing, line of play or the area in which a ball may be dropped, is very complex and is subject to interpretations. While one player or official may perceive that an action has created a potential advantage, another may not. Adding to the complexity of the Rule is a long list of exceptions. The exceptions may allow a player to improve an...
09/17/17 —
Rules Modernization - Area of the Course - USGA.org The USGA and R&A recently unveiled a preview of proposed new Rules of Golf as part of a joint initiative to modernize the Rules and make them easier to understand and apply. USGA.org has a new resource that details the 33 major changes expected to have the most impact on the game and to be of most interest to golfers. This week's focus is on Areas of the Course . Click on the link above for the full Area of the Course section or click on each individual link below for articles applicable to specific situations. Items Covered in Area of...
09/01/17 —
By OGA Senior Rules Officials: Terry McEvilly and Pete Scholz Rule 13-2. Improving… The world’s longest English language sentence weighs in at an astonishing length of 33 pages and 13,955 words. This month we look at Rule 13-2, which is only two sentences long -- yet each of those two sentences also carries some serious length. Click Here for Complete Rule of the Month Archive The first sentence of Rule 13-2 prohibits improving or allowing to be improved, areas of the course that might give the player a potential advantage. Before we begin to break down this Rule, the word “improve” must be...
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