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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...
08/17/17 —
Rules Modernization - The Equipment - 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 Equipment. Click on the link above for the full Equipment section or click on each individual link below for articles applicable to specific situations. Items Covered: Use of Clubs Damaged During Round...
08/01/17 —
Senior Rules Officials: Terry McEvilly and Pete Scholz This month’s article wraps-up the series on relief without penalty. Otherwise known as free relief from certain things on the golf course that would create an unfair situation if the player had to play from them. The most common items that a player is entitled to free relief from include cart paths, sprinkler heads and casual water and other abnormal ground conditions. Such items were covered in previous articles which can be found in the Rule of the Month archive on the OGA.org website. But more infrequently, there are a number of other...
07/17/17 —
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 - Playing a Ball - 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 Playing a Ball. Click on the link above for the full Playing a Ball section or click on each individual link below for articles applicable to specific situations. Items Covered: Caddie Standing...
07/01/17 —
By Senior Rules Officials Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Rule 25 Abnormal Ground Conditions “Relief from things unfair,” as it has become known, covers many situations that are not normally found on a golf course. Namely, interference from obstructions and abnormal ground conditions that make the proper playing of the game difficult. While an obstruction is an artificial (man-made) object, abnormal ground conditions might be the result of human activity but also includes natural causes. Rule 25-1 provides relief without penalty from abnormal ground conditions and will look very similar to...
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