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08/01/19 —
By Sr. Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive Rule 4 - The Player’s Equipment: Clubs and Balls Equipment of the player is defined as “anything used, worn, held or carried by the player or the player’s caddie.” Literally, the shirt off your caddie’s back is your equipment. Additionally, objects such as rakes are also the equipment of the player while they are being carried by the player or his or her caddie. Rule 4, which covers Rules regarding the player’s equipment, expands this definition by classifying equipment into three categories:...
07/01/19 —
By OGA Sr. Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive Bunkers Bunkers are meant to test a player’s ability to play a ball from the sand. While some prohibitions have been relaxed regarding bunkers, a player is still restricted from learning information about the sand by intentionally testing it prior to a stroke. A bunker is defined as a specially prepared area of sand, which is often a hollow from which turf or soil was removed. Also included in the definition is a list of things on the course that are not part of the bunker, which is...
06/01/19 —
By OGA Sr. Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive Penalty Areas Areas of the course formally known as water hazards and lateral water hazards are now referred to as penalty areas. While there are still two colors differentiating the type of penalty area, the Committee in charge of the course or competition has greater liberty to use red markings to provide the player with an extra relief option. Additionally, the Committee may now mark any area of the course as a penalty area, such as extreme rough where a ball is often difficult to play...
05/01/19 —
By OGA Sr. Rules Officials: Pete Scholz and Terry McEvilly Click Here for the Rule of the Month Archive Ball at Rest Moved Other Than by the Player The Rules recognize four possible causes for a ball at rest that moves before the player makes a stroke at the ball. Last month we focused on just one of the causes, that being the player himself or herself. The other possible causes include an opponent in match play, an outside influence, including another player in stroke play, and natural forces which include wind, water and gravity. Rule 9.2 outlines the four possible causes mentioned above...
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...
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