This article is not about the new rule of how to drop a golf ball. I think that topic has runs its course, for now. I am talking about a failure on my part to properly prepare for the 2020 golf season. I have identified my error and have decided to rectify that omission post haste. I figure that by fixing this oversight I will save a few strokes over the course of 10 rounds. For a 3 handicap player, that partial stroke, on average, each round makes a tremendous difference.
First the background information that will set the stage for my next move. As you are all aware, in February 2018, I successfully passed the Level 1 Rules Course from Golf Canada. I believe it was a good achievement and felt (still do actually) that it helped my golf game. Understanding the rules properly will save you strokes! Well, here is where my great intentions went off the rails and dropped the proverbial golf ball.
The new rules were released in January 2019 and I was not prepared to retake the Level 1 in the Rules Education Program. So, I gave myself a pass, but I did read the new rules from cover to cover. I think with everything going at that time it was a good decision. My intent was to take the course during the 2019-2020 off-season, however I neglected to follow up on my plan and as a result I did not recertify.
Well, I am disappointed in myself for letting a year go by without any follow up! I am happy to announce that this oversight is being rectified. Three days ago, I registered for the free, online Level 1 Golf Rules program through Golf Canada. This course is run by the R&A and is a universal course no matter where you live in the world. What a great opportunity for everyone who has some extra time on their hands due to COVID; I am looking forward to increasing my knowledge and saving strokes in the upcoming 2021 golf season.
After completing this new golf rules course, I plan to explore (actually complete) my Level 2 with Golf Canada. I missed the January intake, but will look to see what March has to offer.
If you are interested in learning more about the rules of golf, check out what the R&A has to offer. It is free and I am sure you will not be disappointed.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!
4 thoughts on “Dropping The Golf Ball”
Sounds like a good plan to catch up on that part of your golf pursuit. You’ve inspired me to at least check it out. And to see if I can find a few strokes for my benefit along the way. Cheers!
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Let us know what you decide. It really helps your game understanding how to apply the rules properly.
Jim, that’s great. I took the new rules course presented jointly by USGA & PGA in January 2019. I scored high enough on the 100 question test to receive a Rules Official certification from USGA. So I have started volunteering with the Arizona Golf Association as a Rules Official. I work 7-8 tournaments a year and it’s very rewarding.
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My plan is to take the Level 2 before the beginning of the golf season. But first, I need to complete Level 1, ASAP!