Golfers adore rules, and some can be real sticklers when it comes to them. That is to say, they have arguments and hold a pocket rule book with them to prove their point over the tiniest of infractions. Although this is a proportion of men, we all prefer to follow the rules as closely as possible.
The formal rule book is 100 pages long and tedious to sift through to determine which rules are most important. You can do it for your benefit. However, I’ve compiled a list of the most critical to ensure you don’t commit any grave sins while on the course. You will be allowed to come back if you stick to these guidelines. It’s daunting at first, but most individuals will understand that you are new.
They may criticize you, but don’t take it personally; they’re only trying to help you, and once you understand the rules, you’ll feel comfortable being placed in any group, anyplace.
It’s worth noting that I’m only going through the stroke-play regulations. This implies you must record all of your shots and place the ball in the hole to finish the hole. Matchplay is a distinct type of game, but I guarantee you will only have to know the rules after you have been participating for nearly two years.
Teeing ground/tee box
The ball must be teed up behind the line drawn by the tee markings. It can be teed up anywhere between the two markers and as far back as the distance of two drivers. One can tee up to 90 inches behind the imaginary line if your driver is 45 inches. This is a typical blunder, so I learned early on to simply tee it one foot behind the line to ensure I was still behind the line.
It does not qualify as a shot if the ball slides off the tee before you swing at it. Simply replace it on the tee and roll your eyes at the dumb joke that will be told. It counts as a single shot if you swing at the ball and miss it. If it falls off the tee due to the wind you create, you should play it from that position without re-teeing it – that was your first shot. You’ve made it to number two.
The score from the previous hole determines the sequence of play on the tee. The lowest-scoring player hits first, followed by the next-lowest-scoring player, and so on until everyone has struck. If your pals play ready golf,’ this is an exception. This is where anybody prepared, irrespective of their position from the pin, strikes the ball.
When everyone else is striking off the tee, remain outside the teeing area. Don’t stand immediately behind the ball. Observe your mates play down the lane. For him, this is a source of distraction. You must not be seen in your friend’s peripheral view when he is striking.
When Playing on the Hole
You must play the ball as it lies throughout a hole’s play. You and your long-toed caddie are not supposed to kick it or relocate it to a better location! The ball cannot be tied up in the fairway with a tee. This is exclusively for the tee box.
Because you can’t improve the lie, don’t try to level the surface with your club. Also, don’t put your foot behind the ball to make it simpler to strike the ball! A lot of individuals disregard this rule! For your initial stroke off the tee, you can only put your foot behind the ball. There will be no breaking or bending of branches to make it simpler to swing at the ball.
Always ensure not to plant the club in the dirt behind and in front of the ball when in a bunker—also, no raking before the shot or testing the consistency with your fingers in the sand. You can clear the bunker of obstructions such as leaves and rocks. Also, there is no foul if the club accidentally hits the sand while heading to your ball. Just don’t put your club in the sand!
Occasionally there is no water in a water hazard (now termed as a penalty area), and you can golf out of it. You can use the water hazard to ground your club. You can’t target your ball by putting something in front of it or having anyone standing in front of you. You can, however, align your club to existing leaves, rocks, and grasses.
Pick up any sticks, rocks, leaves, pebbles, boulders, feathers, dry grass, or pine needles that are near your ball, but don’t move it because that will result in a foul. Because dragging the feet, kicking, or modifying the ground is not permitted, use your hands to shift the barriers.
To enhance your falsehood, you cannot damage any growing item. If you have a serious difficulty, it is preferable to take a penalty drop within two clubs of where the ball is. You make a note of it, then pick it up to estimate the two club lengths. The ball is then dropped, and one shot is added. After that, you make your shot from the current position.
Make some practice shots.
You can rehearse swinging in the open air, but you can’t strike the ball before your shot. You can strike an acorn or a rock on the surface, but no golf balls.
In regular bunkers, your practice swings are not supposed to come into contact with the ground. In trash bunkers, they can touch the floor.
The player who is furthest away from the target is expected to be the first to strike. This is a useful rule to follow when meeting a new set of players for the first time. Someone will inform you that they play “ready golf,” which means that anybody prepared to play can do so without consideration for the sequence of play. If you decide to play ‘ready golf,’ be sure you don’t do it when someone else is. If you’re unsure, figure out who goes first.
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