Line Of Sight Relief From An Obstruction

It is not uncommon for golf courses to have permanent obstructions on a golf course, like a fence. There are many reasons to have these obstructions especially when holes run parrallel to each other. At Osprey Links, there are two fences that come into play quite often. One is on the 3rd/6th hole and 18/1st hole. I have found myself having to take relief from these permanent obstructions more than I care to talk about. 😉 After finding myself close to these obstructions, I followed a process to take relief, but if you do not know the process, then you might inadvertently incur penalty strokes you do not need.

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Calling A Golf Rules Infraction On A Competitor

This particular article has nothing to do with a friendly match. The reason I say this is that I do not pay any attention to any golfers game outside of a competition. I do follow all the happenings of the round, but I do not care what other golfers are doing with respect to what they record as a score. In competitions, focusing on ensuring all my competitors and myself follows the rules to the best of our ability.

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Even Experienced Golfers Make Rule Mistakes

Understanding the rules of golf is very important for all golfers. I studied the rules and feel that if wanted to be competitive golfer, I needed to know the ins and outs of the rule book. I feel that I understand the rules well and that I have saved many strokes because I knew the details and how to implement the rules. Regardless of how confident I felt, I still made mistakes that cost me a stroke or two. Fortunately, it did not cost me a match or a tournament.

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Penalty Area In Golf

In 2019, the governing bodies of golf changed the wording and definition for hazards. They adjusted the rules to allow for grounding your club and a few other aspects of the new penalty area. Basically, the rule changes made it easier to navigate the penalty area and in my opinion, it was a positive change to the rules. In case you are still curious about what the penalty area still means, I found a video that should make things a bit easier.

I hope this video helps clarify what the penalty area consists of and how to play fairly from it. It is important the understand this basic rule change because it might save you strokes during your round.

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

Golfers Hate Change

Of all the sports I have played, I think that golf is one where its players do not adjust to change very well. Whether it is the rules or to their swing, change is not something golfers embrace with open arms. I often wonder why and I think that I found a solution that provides an answer to both dilemmas. I am sure there will be a plethora of other answers, but I for the beginners taking up the game, these answers might be helpful.

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