Wacky Golf Rules

A) If you’re chipping or putting from off the green you should ensure that no-one is standing near enough to the flagstick to touch it. Why?  Note 1 to Rule 17-1 states that if the flagstick is in the hole and anyone stands near it while a stroke is being made they are deemed to be attending it. So, if your ball then hits the flagstick you incur a two stroke penalty, even though you were playing off the green (Rule 17.3).

B) Most of us know that in stroke play if one ball putted from the putting green strikes another ball on that putting green there is a penalty of two strokes. What most players do not realise is that if the same thing happens in match play there is no penalty, Rule 19-5a.

C) You may ask anyone, including your fellow competitors, any question concerning distances. So, for example, you may say, “How far do you think my ball is from the flagstick?”, or “Is that ditch more than 200 yards away?” This has only been the case since 1st January 2008, when the definition of advice was amended to allow the exchange of information on distance which is deemed to be public information, as it is not considered to be advice. Otherwise, it’s 2 stroke penalty loh!  p/s have you ever said to your partner ..”Take your time!”, guess what, tht’s also 2 strokes if you wanna be strict but also wanna be hacked into pieces by yr partner later for being a pain in the axx.  You can’t ask what club your competitor is using to hit a shot but you can after you have hit yours.

D) You hit a ball into the rough, you bend down and pick the ball up to identify if it is yr ball…hey, you just give yourself 1 penalty stoke for moving yr ball at rest. The correct way is  1)Before lifting the ball, you must announce your intention to your fellow-competitor in stroke play, or your opponent in match play.  2)You must mark the position of the ball.  3)You may then lift the ball and identify it, provided that you give your fellow-competitor, or opponent, an opportunity to observe the lifting and the subsequent replacement.  4)Note that the ball must not be cleaned beyond the extent necessary for identification when lifted under this Rule.

E) You clean yr ball by rubbing it against the green… tht’s another 1 penalty stroke for testing the surface. (I used to do this very often…later, i learnt the hard way n paid for it)  Rule 16.1d. Testing Surface  During the play of a hole, a player must not test the surface of the putting green by rolling a ball or roughening or scraping the surface.  Exception: Between the play of two holes, a player may test the surface of any practice putting green and the putting green of the hole last played, unless the Committee has prohibited such action (see Note 2 to Rule 7-2).

F) you ball is deflected off a tree and hit your bag/buggy…and to rub salt in the wound, just add 1 stroke  Rule 19-2 covers the situation for stroke play. It states, “If a competitor’s ball is accidentally deflected or stopped by himself, his partner or either of their caddies or equipment, the competitor shall incur a penalty of 1 stroke. The ball shall be played as it lies, except when it comes to rest in or on the competitor’s, his partner’s or either of their caddies’ clothes or equipment, in which case the competitor shall through the green or in a hazard drop the ball, or on the putting green place the ball, as near as possible to where the article was when the ball came to rest in or on it.”  In a Match play, the player may cancel his stroke and play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played, or he may play the ball as it lies (Rule 19-3).  However, in the process of dropping yr ball and the ball rolls and touch yr driver/tee, no penalty is incurred as it is an illegal drop (Rule 20-2b). You must redrop otherwise, it’s 2 penalty strokes.

G) You hav a downhill putt, the ball roll into the green side bunker. do u then have to play fr the bunker? NO….  You may declare yr ball ‘unplayable,’ and go back to the last spot where u last hit it to re-play the shot.  Rule 28, Ball Unplayable states the player may declare his ball unplayable at any place except in a water hazard. The player is the sole judge as to whether his ball is unplayable.” After taking a 1 stroke penalty, u may return to the spot of the previous stroke and play again; or drop within two club lengths, not nearer the hole; or drop behind the spot, going back as far as you want, keeping the original spot between the hole and the spot where the ball is dropped. If you declare a ball in a bunker unplayable and use the second or third option (taking a drop), you must drop in the bunker  How come not many invoke this rule? because u may be seen as ‘chicken’ mah…. but if $£s is at stake and the score is close, I will not hesitate…Laughing Laughing

H) Your partner tees up his ball..do a few practice swings, address the ball….take his swing and MISS the ball….does it count as 1 stroke?  YES  Your partner tees up his ball..do a few practice swings and accidentally knock the ball off the tee peg, does it count as 1 stroke?  NO.  A ‘stroke’ is the forward movement of the club made with the intention of fairly striking at and moving the ball, but if a player checks his downswing voluntarily before the clubhead reaches the ball he is deemed not to have made a stroke.”

I) U hit yr ball into a bunker, upon reaching it.. u then see the bunker is full of water or worse, there is a phyton nest there, not risking yr life…can you drop outside the bunker?  NO, unless u take 1 penalty stroke.  Rule 25. If your ball comes to rest in casual water within a bunker, you may drop without penalty at the nearest point of relief within the bunker, no nearer the hole. That applies no matter what the condition is of the rest of the bunker.

J) Whilst waiting for the group in front to hole out, you take out yr spare balls and practice yr lob shots in all glory Mickleson’s style before yr partners, they go…” ya lah, ya lah.. pandai lah, mind adding 2 penalty stokes”. are they right?  Yup, according to decisions 7-2/2 and 7-2/4. A player must not make a practice stroke during play of a hole.

K) Aya, u find yr ball lie next to the stake, can you remove it??  You cannot move a stake identifying out of bounds. However, hazard stakes may be removed, regardless whether the ball is within or outside of the margin of the hazard, as long as the hazard stakes are considered movable obstructions (Rule 24-1). Generally speaking, most courses use stakes which can be easily removed. However, should a course make the hazard stakes permanent (by placing in concrete), then a player would not be entitled to relief under Rule 24-2.

L) you hit yr bunker shot some how the ball catches yr sand wedge after you hit it, a double hit. How many stoke is tht?  Rule 14-4 covers this situation, and states, “If a player’s club strikes the ball more than once in the course of a stroke, the player shall count the stroke and add a penalty stroke, making 2 strokes in all.” Notice that it is irrelevant how many times the player struck the ball, be it two, three, or more. The player is then required to play the ball as it lies.

M) Must I always take relief when my ball is in GUR? but if I do, my ball would lie behind a tree!!  It is not mandatory to take relief from GUR (Rule 25-1b), however a local rule may prohibit you from playing from GUR (Rule 25-1, note 2). If you find yr ball next to a pile of tweaks and branches in the rough, do u know that you can claim a free relief under Abnormal ground condition ruling. This may inevitably take you back to the fairway. Confused Confused Confused Goosh, it’s fun playing golf. isnt it? if u r out to hav a bit of fun knocking balls….who cares if u play by the rules. tht been said, but it’s wise to play the game properly n follow the rules habitually as how u play normally will reflect how u’d play in an actual competition.


3 Responses to “Wacky Golf Rules”

  1. March 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Great list! Totally love it!

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