Originally Posted by Ignorant
Rule 4-4a clearly forbids that. You are limited to a maximum of 14 clubs when starting your stipulated round regardless whether you use every club or not.
I didn't start my round with 14 clubs. I started with 1 (i.e. "fewer than 14").
Originally Posted by iacas
I doubt very much that if I start the round with one club (a driver), that I could add and carry 40 clubs with me so long as I only ever hit 14 of them (including the driver I hit off the first tee). I believe that you must make your selection immediately.
Now to correct my earlier statement… I misread the relevant part of the Decision, which I'll bold now:
The answer would be the same for a player who starts the stipulated round with fewer than 14 clubs and wants to add clubs to bring the total number to 14. This player may select from several clubs that are brought to him, provided that (1) he does not make a stroke with any club before he chooses a club to add, (2) this process does not unduly delay play (Rule 6-7), and (3) none of the clubs he ultimately adds have been selected for play by any other person playing on the course.
I had originally read that as basically "making a stroke with the club he chooses" but it instead clearly says making a stroke with any club. Not just one of the 40 he wants to hit.
So, my earlier statement that it's unclear is inaccurate.
Which leaves me puzzled as to this, again:
Originally Posted by Dormie1360
Big picture: when you start a round with the max of 14 clubs.
It really doesn't matter what gets in your bag. As long as you continue to just use the clubs you started with, you are fine.
I don't believe that's accurate.
If I start with 14 clubs, someone can't bring me more clubs to carry in my bag, because then my opponents would have to keep track of whether I was using the new clubs or not. The Rules allow you to be courteous and to carry a lost club back to the pro shop - I don't believe they allow you to be brought 10 new drivers, forcing your fellow competitors or opponents to keep track of which is which.