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My son and I are playing in a parent/child scramble this coming Saturday. We talked about going to the driving range before the round to warm up. Someone told us that we would get disqualified for any practice before a round?????? I've been to the Web.com & Nike tour several times and the players are all over the driving range. I think they were out there before their round also. Can someone clear this up for me? Also, can you give me the number of the written rule for reference? Thanks, Jack
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My son and I are playing in a parent/child scramble this coming Saturday. We talked about going to the driving range before the round to warm up. Someone told us that we would get disqualified for any practice before a round?????? I've been to the Web.com & Nike tour several times and the players are all over the driving range. I think they were out there before their round also. Can someone clear this up for me? Also, can you give me the number of the written rule for reference? Thanks, Jack

Hard to copy from the iPad but the rule is here: https://usga.org/Rule-Books/Rules-of-Golf/Rule-07/ Driving range is explicitly allowed by the exception to 7-1(b)

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Yeah, you're just not allowed to practice ON THE COURSE the day of a tournament. Driving range is all good. :)

That only applies to stroke play.  For a match practice is allowed on the competition course.

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Dkolo,

Thanks for the info.

Jack

However, it doesn't hurt to check with the tournament organizers.  Not all tournament organizers have an understanding of the rules and they can make up some strange rules.

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