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04/09/19 —
LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. and ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (April 9, 2019) –The USGA and The R&A have provided a clarification that introduces a Local Rule, allowing players to replace a broken or significantly damaged club, except in cases of abuse. Under the Local Rule, a club is “broken or significantly damaged” if it meets the following conditions: the shaft breaks into pieces, splinters or is bent (but not when the shaft is only dented) the club face impact area is visibly deformed (but not when the club face is only scratched) the clubhead is visibly and significantly deformed the clubhead is...
04/01/19 —
By OGA Sr. Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive Ball at Rest Moved by the Player The new Rules have cleared up some of the confusion about what to do when a ball at rest has been moved by the player other than by a stroke. However, determining if the player incurs a penalty for causing the ball to move is still confusing and many exceptions may exonerate the player of penalty. Where on the course, and when the ball moves, must be looked at in order to determine if a penalty applies. One thing that should always be remembered is that...
03/01/19 —
By OGA Sr. Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive Local Rules are generally introduced for a particular course or competition when situations occur that warrant slight modifications to the existing Rules of Golf. Over the years, many Local Rules have become part of the Rules themselves. For example, the use of distance measuring devices, which previously was allowed only through a Local Rule, is now permitted by Rule 4.3a(1). Rarely has a Local Rule been confusing or controversial, but the new Local Rule called Alternative to Stroke and...
02/06/19 —
LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. and ST ANDREWS, Scotland (Feb. 6, 2019) – The USGA and The R&A have provided two clarifications to Rule 10.2b(4) regarding restrictions on caddies standing behind players, which take effect immediately. The purpose of Rule 10.2 is to reinforce the fundamental challenge of making a stroke and to limit the advice and other help a player may receive during a round. Rule 10.2b(4) ensures that aiming at the intended target is a challenge that the player must overcome alone. It states: “When a player begins taking a stance for the stroke and until the stroke is made, the...
02/01/19 —
By OGA Sr. Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive With just a few tournaments completed under the 2019 Rules, it is apparent that drop procedures and relief areas continue to be a major source of confusion among players. The changes in the Rules are meant to simplify the process by minimizing the times when a golfer is required to re-drop, thus speeding up the pace of play. However, the confusion around the drops are slowing the pace as golfers take extra time to insure they are proceeding correctly. Over time the new procedure will become...
01/01/19 —
By OGA Sr. Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive 2019 New Rules Even though the definitions section of the Rules of Golf has been moved from the front to the back of the Rule book, it doesn’t mean the definitions are of any less importance. We’ve long maintained that a player who understands the definitions is well underway to understanding the Rules, and that is even more true as we enter into a brave new world with the 2019 Rules of Golf. Many old familiar definitions and phrases no longer exist under the new Rules. Gone are “water...
12/01/18 —
By OGA Sr. Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive So It Begins As we approach the end of another year of Rule of the Month articles, we want to thank our loyal readers for once again making us the people’s choice as the most clicked on link at oga.org. Since the first of the year, you’ve navigated through 110 questions and answers spread over 11 articles. You’ve also asked a lot of good questions and proved, once again, that OGA members take a serious interest in the Rules of Golf. So, as a reward, and per our annual custom, we are giving...
11/26/18 —
With the new Rules of Golf in place, there are many resources available to all golfers through both the OGA and the USGA. See below for some key links that will aide golfers in learning the new rules. OGA Rules of Golf Workshops OGA Rule of the Month Feature Order Your Free Rules of Golf Book Rules of Golf Video Series New Rules of Golf Mobile App for Android and iOS . There are many more resources available through the USGA website. Please visit the following webpage for the complete USGA Online Rules Hub.
11/01/18 —
By OGA Sr. Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive 2019 Rules: The Teeing Area and Putting Green Correctly starting the play of a hole from the teeing area and properly completing the hole on the putting green are so important that these two areas of the course have special Rules governing play. A breach of a Rule in these two areas could easily result in a player being disqualified. Test your knowledge of the new Rules pertaining to the teeing area and putting green with the following quiz. Questions: True / False When starting the play of...
10/15/18 —
Limits on size and scale of putting-green maps introduced but handwritten player and caddie notes still permitted LIBERTY CORNER, N.J. AND ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND (October 15, 2018) - The USGA and The R&A have published the finalized interpretation on the use of green-reading materials in golf, which take effect on Jan. 1, 2019. The new interpretation of Rule 4.3 (Use of Equipment) has been introduced following a six-week feedback period. It reaffirms the governing bodies’ view that the ability of golfers to read greens using their own judgment is an essential skill that should be maintained...
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