Have you ever thought about which golf rule you dislike the most? If you had a choice, which rule would you eliminate from the books? This is a question I ask myself as I started to reread the rule book before starting my Level 1 rules course. After the revamping of the rules in 2019, there is a hold over rule I would like to see changed. I think that with a slight modification, it would greatly enhance an amateurs ability to score will on the links. It is Rule 4.1b.
Rule 4.1b – Limit of 14 Clubs; Sharing, Adding or Replacing Clubs During Round is the rule I want to see changed! Specifically, I would like to add two clubs to this number. I think that 14 is an arbitrary number based deeply in history; times have changed and so should the number of clubs we can carry.
I would like to see 16 is the maximum number of clubs to carry during a round of golf. This way I could add a 5 wood and 4 iron to my bag. I realize that I carry a 3 and 4 hybrid that covers the distances of the clubs I want to add, but I would be more versatile with a 5 wood and 4 iron. I could make a wider variety of shots with these two extra clubs and hence fix a hole in my long iron game. But alas, I am pretty sure that the R&A and USGA are not ready or willing to change this fundamental rule.
From time to time, there are other rules I could kick to the curb. Those are mostly situational and I forget them as quickly as I absorb the penalty strokes. Overall, the rules cover most situations to create an equitable playing field. Understanding all the rules does help shape some of my decision making, but every now and then……
You can see that me wanting to change this rule is purely selfish, but it is okay to hope….right? Besides this is a fun topic to see where everyone stands. So, which rule would you change or remove if you had the power?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!