Golf rules are more complex and numerous then other sport rules. They fall under the following categorizes:
The rules of golf include a code of etiquette on the green or field. The rules them selves are very self-exclamatory.
1. Consideration for others
a. Never talk behind a player when he is about to make a stroke.
2. Don't Delay
a. This rule is pretty self-exclamatory
3. Keep Safety in mind
a. Make sue the course is clear of all people before you swing.
4. Searching for balls
a. When searching allow other players to pass you up while you search.
5. Priority on the Green
a. When a team or match fails to keep up the pace on the green, it should let the match following pass them up.
6. Holes in Bunkers.
a. Before leaving a bunker after putting, the player should smooth out the ground that he stepped on.
7. Repairing and Damaging the Course
a. All players when they are finished should replace or repair any divots (holes made on the green), or any other forms of damage made to the green.
b. Players should make sure that when they set down bags or replace flags that they don't damage the course.
1. Addressing the ball- when a player has done this he has taken his stance and grounded his club.
2. Advice - is any suggestion or answer to a player's question that deals with the outcome of players play.
3. Bunker- a bunker is a shallow pit when grass has been replaced by sand.
4. Casual water is he temporary gathering of water on the green.
5. Loose Implements are natural items that are not embedded in the ground and do not adhere the ball.
6. Out of bounds is ground on which play is prohibited.
7. An outside agency is any one who not part of the match.
8. Parts of the Course:
a. Putting green - all ground of the hole that is being played.
b. Teeing Ground - The starting place for the hole.
c. Through the Green - everything thing else on the course save hazards.
9. Stroke - a stroke is the advancement to the club forward in an effort to move it.
10. Water hazards - lake, pond, river, etc.
Rules of Play:
In this category there are several rules.
1. The stipulated round - playing all of the holes in the correct order.
2. Match Play
a. Determining hole winners - winners are the players that have the fewest strokes.
b. Determining the winner of the match - the winner is determined by the player who has the fewest amount of holes left to be played.
3. Stroke Play
a. Winner - The winner is the player who completes the stipulated round with the fewest strokes.
a. Clubs are composed of a shaft and a head. The club should always be in one piece and should never be able to be disassembled.
i. The shaft should be completely straight and should be attached
to the clubhead at the heel.
ii. The clubhead should be longer than its breadth and should have a smooth face except in special cases.
iii. Players may only have a maximum of 14 clubs, which can be shared by other competitors. Several penalties can follow if a player has an excess of clubs.
a. The ball is unfit for play if it is larger then 1.680 inches in diameter and does not conform to the natural weight.
b. If a ball has been damaged, it cannot be used. Player can decide whether their ball is unable to be used.
a. The match can consist of several players, a marker, and a players caddie.
b. Players should individually mark their balls to insure their return.
i. After checking the hole the marker should check the score with the competitors. No scores can be changed once the card has been turned in.
a. In match play, a player can practice before a competition. In stroke play, it is not allowed.
b. Players cannot practice during a round only when play has been suspended.
8. Ball played as it lies: No matter were it is, the ball must be player from that position.
9. Striking the ball
a. When a person strikes the ball he must hit it with the head of the club. A player must also never except help from rain or whatever.
b. A player can't play while the competitor's ball is moving.
9. The Putting Green
a. The putting green ids the area around the hole being played. The line of putt must never be touched.
10. Ball moved
a. Depending upon the situation, when a ball is moved by an ouside agency, or equipment, etc., the ball may or may not be replaced
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