Originally Posted by masterhacker
But the rules part, I play with people that tell me when I'm playing wrong. And for the most part I play by the rules. I never move the ball (unless on rocks or something), and I play the ob markers too.
Not to be an ass or anything, but if you really want to play tournament golf, playing by the rules "for the most part" doesn't cut it. For example, moving your ball when it's on rocks is not within the rules. You may move the rocks as long as it doesn't move your ball (loose impediment) and as long as you aren't in a hazard.
As far as playing the OB markers, are you playing them correctly (stroke and distance)? Are you taking a proper drop when in a hazard? Do you understand the difference between a water hazard and a lateral hazard?
Spend some time reading the rules of golf, and read through threads in the Rules of Golf section of the site.