Par 3 OB – A Golf Rule Interpretation

I have a rules question that I am hoping you can solve. I call it Par 3 OB. It is pretty simple in concept, but the 4 people I asked, including my club pro, I received the “ooohhh, I am not sure”. My club pro even suggested that if he was a playing partner, I might get slapped. He was joking of course…..I think 😉 . Regardless, this is something I need clarification on because it happened last week and I am unsure what to do.

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Using All The Rules Of Golf

Have you ever stood back and really examined the rules of golf? The efforts the governing bodies go through to level the playing field is amazing whether we agree with their final decisions or not. Regardless of how you feel, it is important to know, understand, and more importantly use the rules of golf. These clearly defined rules (recently updated in 2019 if you did not know) do not just add strokes to your game, but can save you strokes if applied properly. It is really up to you!

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Turning a Blind Eye to the Rules of Golf

I was thinking back to the kerfuffle about players breaking the rules during the 2019 golf season. I will not name names because this post in not a rant against specific players, but what is being taught to amateurs by leaders of our game. When I read about golfers intentionally turning a blind eye to players breaking the rules is when I get a little hot under the collar.

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The Golf Ball and Bifurcation – Update

In November of 2017, I first addressed the discussion of golf ball and bifurcation. The question was originally asked to me by Darwin Howard, Superintendent of Seguin Valley Golf Club, and at that time I was for it. I thought that limiting the distance professional golfers can hit a ball would be good for golf. Now, I am not so sure!

Before we go further, bifurcation is defined as the point or area at which something divides into two branches or parts. The main concern is that by changing the specifications on a golf ball for professionals, two sets of rules will be develop further separating professionals (and high-ranking amateurs) from the regular player. Continue reading

Do We Really Need the Rules of Golf?

Recently, I ran a couple of polls to see if players actually use the new rules of golf or at least ask for rulings. I figure with the changes made to modernize golf, it would be worth asking the question of regular players if they need assistance implementing the changes. I must say, I am not surprised at the results, but it is something to think about.

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