Category: Questions on Rules

Schauffele Responds to St. Andrews

Xander Schauffele

Xander Schauffele Fails Driver Test, Not Happy About Process When someone asks a golf devotee in North America who the governing body is of his or her favorite game, The USGA springs to mind. Pretty much everyone else in the world answers differently. Leave New Jersey or Newfoundland, and it’s all run by the R&A.  …

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Rules, Decorum, Tweets Dominate the Week

New Rules

War Over New Rules Obscuring the Game Rule changes occur once in a while, we all know that. And, from time to time, someone goofs up and incurs a penalty. In the old days, it didn’t happen so often that one might think it was the order of the day, but in the past few …

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Li Penalty at Dubai Questioned

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Haotong Li Suffers Two-Stroke Penalty for Caddie Lining Up His Player Those of us who play in the golf world whenever we can were somewhat relieved to see some updating of the game’s rules in recent months. For years, we’ve watched as “trivial” or more politely “peripheral” penalties are called on players, costing all kinds …

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Club Damage and Rule 4-3b

Club Damage and Rule 4-3b

South African Lee-Anne Pace Runs Afoul of Rule 4-3b, Disqualified The nature of the modern rules of golf, if they truly reflect the old Scots who got it going in the west, should shed some light on the type of thinking that started the whole thing. Were the golf pioneers crusty old men playing in …

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The Golf Rules Quiz

The Golf Rules Quiz

What We Don’t Know About the Rules Might Amaze Us Most of us have, without a doubt, run into the vast variety of quizzes available on the internet, and often spread on Facebook, that test our general world knowledge. We are tempted with “I’ll bet you can’t beat this score.” And, if you do, the …

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Golf Rules and Cultural Changes

Golf Rules and Cultural Changes

Rules change in the golf world, and some unfortunate habits as well The governing body of golf and its rules didn’t call me personally to tell me the news. However, they made it perfectly clear that I am no longer welcome to call in with my replay observations about anyone’s golf game. Apparently, the players …

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Penalties, Round Two

More Thoughts About Penalties After the Ben Crane Incident I read this morning that the fossilized USGA is finally modernizing the rule book. Naturally, I must temper my criticism of the grand old institution, as it really does do everything possible to preserve the integrity of the game. However, the weirdness of some of the …

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Penalties Technology, and the Rule Book

Ben Crane and His Two-Stroke Penalty for Technology Beyond Our Understanding It used to be that technology was largely confined to the development of clubs and balls, a long slow evolution that brought us our metal woods, sure-fire putters, and mega Titleist ‘watcha-call-its.’ It used to be that the worst thing that could happen, in …

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Life Dangerous at Top of Golf

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Members of Golf Profession Getting Dinged Left and Right Golf does not appear to be an inherently dangerous game, but what is dangerous to a golfer may only be an inconvenience for people in many other professions. A stubbed toe, an earache, back pain, a course marshall, or a stop watch can seriously “ding” anyone …

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And Now, the “Lexi Rule”

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Changes Have Been Made, but the Fossils are Far from Up to Date on the Lexi Rule  For a fan continuing to look at the Lexi Thompson situation, the whole incident hurts more this week than it did last week. Thompson herself has maintained poise and civility through the week, and it appears as though …

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