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post #91 of 92

Another "ah hah" moment for me that seems so simple.......but trips up a lot of people trying to 2d guess the rules and find obscure situations that seem to be in conflict with the rules.

 

 

From section 17, in discussing the Committee's responsibility to adopt Local Rules as appropriate:

 

     It is therefore a principle that the Rules should not attempt to cope with the exceptional.  To do so would simply throw all normal play out of balance.

 

and, in discussing improper Local Rules, specifically giving examples that include "Lost Ball, drop in fairway, two strokes." and "Ball within two club lengths of rain shelter, drop away, without penalty.".........

 

     The use of Local Rules is often essential to the proper playing of the game, but they must be in conformity, and not in conflict, with the Rules of Golf.

post #92 of 92

This book should be required reading for Tour pros.  I'm already seeing passages which Tiger could benefit from.  

 

First two most basic principles combined:  "You put your ball in play at the start of the hole, you play the course as you find it, you play only your own ball, and you do not touch it until you lift it from the hole."  (do not touch it includes moving it by means other than making a stroke)

 

Fourth paragraph begins, "Golf, like life, is full of breaks.  It is a game of chance, one of its fascinations being in "the way the ball bounces".  To be able to accept the breaks and still go on playing your game as always been one of the tests of the true champion, a test which it is more important to meet successfully in golf than in any other sport."

 

Since Tiger's ball tends to bounce astray rather often, he would be well advised to to take this to heart if he wants his legacy to be unsullied.  The "true champion" doesn't go off on the rules official for assessing a penalty which the player incurred through his own play.  He cause his ball to move in breach of the second principle, and then he failed to take that break in stride, essentially breach of the first principle.  He better get this figured out and do it soon.

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