Originally Posted by Ignorant
I'm with Rulesman here, unless you wish to become a referee no reason to read it like a novel.
However, flipping through the Decisions might give some perspective to the Rules and the sometimes bizarre logic of the Lords. And especially the first Dec's of each Rule provide good clarifications to the Rule itself and the related Definitions.
One further word of advice. Finding something specific from the Book requires some training in use of Index. It is sometimes far easier to find things from the digital versions using the find -function but I suggest you spend some time to familiarize yourself with the Index part of the Book.
What can I say, I'm just weird like that.
The Decisions are a lot more engaging and interesting than a lot of novels I've read. Back when I was a very young golfer, i.e., the 70s, I had a book that was in a "comic book" format that had little golf stories in it describing a situation (complete with people's names, etc.) and then explained how the rules applied to that situation. It created an interest in the application of the rules to particular circumstances that remains to this day. I wish I still had or could find that book. It was a perfect way for a young golfer to learn the Rules.
Originally Posted by Fourputt
Shocking as it may sound, I don't have a smart phone. To take that one step further, I don't even want one. I have two prepaid dumb phones, one with a T-Mobile sim card and one with a Bahamas Telephone Co sim card. For the 2 of them together I pay less than $150 per year, and they do exactly what I need - they make phone calls.
Nothing wrong with that at all. And not that shocking to me, considering I have just had a smartphone for about a year or so.
And I agree that I would never lug the physical book out on the course with me. In fact I only saw the physical book once. I was at the only golf school I ever went to and it rained one day and in the meeting room they had one and I spent some time looking through it, not having previously even know there was such a thing (1980). I seem to remember that it was a looseleaf book, although I would imagine the form factor has changed since then. It might have even been in two volumes, although I'm not sure about that.