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Do you have the Rules with you on the course?  

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I get my hard copy from the USGA each year with my membership (since 1987), and I also have the app on my phone.  I don't have to refer to either unless it's to set a playing companion straight.  Since I play by the rules all the time, I never get into the complicated issues that arise when simple playing rules are breached, so I don't really need the book for my own play.  

Seems like it comes into play more often when someone asks me how they are supposed to proceed in a situation and they don't believe the answer - then I dig out the book if time allows.  If we don't have time right then, I let them deal with it as they feel they must, then show them the rule later.

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Lew Blakey told this story at a Rules Workshop. He rolled up a course and was paired with three members. The pro had told the members that Lew was one of the most respected Rules Officials in the coun

My home course doesn't have any ob so yeah!  I know most of the rules as there is way to many of them anyway. Like on tv when the player has to drop it twice then place it so lame and waste of time ju

Thanks to everyone who posted here, either to respond to my original questions (thanks to @mvmac for trying to steer it back that way) or to the wider topic of what level of conformance to the rules c

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I keep a copy.  I play in enough club events that it's important to be able to reference it.  I think it's only come up once or twice in a round where it was needed, but I was glad for it.  It weighs almost nothing and I use a push cart, so why not?

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I remember once on the golf channel Ken Venturi once said he only plays by 2 simple rules play it as it lies or something else.. Anyway I make my own rules I play it down but give myself relief from those soggy areas on an otherwise dry course. I never play ob and play everything else as a hazard.

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I don't carry a rule book very often but do own one that comes with my USGA membership each year.   When I am playing in competition I usually do take the rule book with me. For regular playing with the guys if something comes up I do what I believe the rule is and look it up when I get home.

 

 

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I have the Rules of Golf app by the R&A, but do not carry the book. The app by the R&A works well for me, as it has a brief summary of the rules in plain English, as well as the extended rule book.

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No, 99.9% I play with my friends and we really don't care what one does, or what score they want to record.  The "score" is secondary to the banter and fun we have. 

 

With that said, I do feel we play fairly close to what the rules state.

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For everyone who thinks that they play "pretty much" by the Rules, can you say with any certainty what the prescribed procedures are for:

1) loose impediments,

2) obstructions, both moveable and immoveable,

3) a ball in ground under repair or in casual water,

4) a ball in a water hazard or a ball in a lateral water hazard,

5) lost ball or ball out of bounds,

6) unplayable ball?

These are elementary! (Rules 23 though 28.)

If you don't know these, then you need to carry something. This thing, available for a few bucks from the USGA shop, will do the trick:

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I remember once on the golf channel Ken Venturi once said he only plays by 2 simple rules play it as it lies or something else.. Anyway I make my own rules I play it down but give myself relief from those soggy areas on an otherwise dry course. I never play ob and play everything else as a hazard.

OB is huge if your keeping a real handicap and play to a 6.  Everything else as a hazard?  All hazards are not the same. 

I think Ken said, "I play the ball down and ask for a ruling when I don't know what to do". 

@Mike Boatright - I'm giving you a bit of hard time.  I do know what you mean as I play with some people that play similarly.  Of course I naturally judge them but I don't think any less of them as a person.  Just don't brag about beating me when you shot 79 and I shot 81 but you dropped on your line of flight on all three of those balls you hit OB.

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PS- As long as I'm not playing for money against you or we aren't playing in a tournament, I don't care what you do or what rules you play by.  I'm cool if you want to drop on your line when it went OB or move the ball off that root so you don't kill your wrist etc...

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I remember once on the golf channel Ken Venturi once said he only plays by 2 simple rules play it as it lies or something else.. Anyway I make my own rules I play it down but give myself relief from those soggy areas on an otherwise dry course. I never play ob and play everything else as a hazard.

:doh: Then you are not a 4 handicap. Or a 6. Or whatever you claim to be.

Learn the Rules. If you play in any competitions at all, do yourself the favor and learn them. They're not difficult.

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My home course doesn't have any ob so yeah!  I know most of the rules as there is way to many of them anyway. Like on tv when the player has to drop it twice then place it so lame and waste of time just place it,or that one tournament at harbor town where that guy nipped a leaf on his back swing and the scooter libby douch was there lurking... He had to call a penalty on himself and cost him the tourney I think Jim furyk won. The rules aren't honorable or there to help you most of them are stupid and a waste. You should be able to ground your club in a hazard use 16 clubs and generally get relief from most situations that require it like a plugged ball in the fairway or if a ball lands in a  sand divot on the fairway in no way should you get penalized for hitting the fairway.

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My home course doesn't have any ob so yeah!  I know most of the rules as there is way to many of them anyway. Like on tv when the player has to drop it twice then place it so lame and waste of time just place it,or that one tournament at harbor town where that guy nipped a leaf on his back swing and the scooter libby douch was there lurking... He had to call a penalty on himself and cost him the tourney I think Jim furyk won. The rules aren't honorable or there to help you most of them are stupid and a waste. You should be able to ground your club in a hazard use 16 clubs and generally get relief from most situations that require it like a plugged ball in the fairway or if a ball lands in a  sand divot on the fairway in no way should you get penalized for hitting the fairway.

Ah, another angry Rules troll. 

 

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Hey Mike.  What are you going to call this sport you play?    The word “Golf” has already been taken by a different one.

Flog is about right.

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My home course doesn't have any ob so yeah!  I know most of the rules as there is way to many of them anyway. Like on tv when the player has to drop it twice then place it so lame and waste of time just place it,or that one tournament at harbor town where that guy nipped a leaf on his back swing and the scooter libby douch was there lurking... He had to call a penalty on himself and cost him the tourney I think Jim furyk won. The rules aren't honorable or there to help you most of them are stupid and a waste. You should be able to ground your club in a hazard use 16 clubs and generally get relief from most situations that require it like a plugged ball in the fairway or if a ball lands in a  sand divot on the fairway in no way should you get penalized for hitting the fairway.

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My home course doesn't have any ob so yeah!  I know most of the rules as there is way to many of them anyway. Like on tv when the player has to drop it twice then place it so lame and waste of time just place it,or that one tournament at harbor town where that guy nipped a leaf on his back swing and the scooter libby douch was there lurking... He had to call a penalty on himself and cost him the tourney I think Jim furyk won. The rules aren't honorable or there to help you most of them are stupid and a waste. You should be able to ground your club in a hazard use 16 clubs and generally get relief from most situations that require it like a plugged ball in the fairway or if a ball lands in a  sand divot on the fairway in no way should you get penalized for hitting the fairway.

Why participate if you don't want to play golf?  Especially, why waste your time and ours in the rules forum?  

(I don't know how this ended up with Colin's ID on the quote as it was quoted from Boatright's post.  This new format has some navigational deficiencies.  I'm still trying to figure out how to access my preferences, too.)

 

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