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  1. Made the news this week. Patrick Reed’s blatant breach of Rule 8.1. Rule 8 - Course Played as It Is Found Purpose of Rule: Rule 8 covers a central principle of the game: “play the course as you find it.” When the player’s ball comes to rest, he or she normally has to accept the conditions affecting the stroke and not improve them before playing the ball. However, a player may take certain reasonable actions even if they improve those conditions, and there are limited circumstances where conditions may be restored without penalty after they have been improved or worsened. Parts of the Rule: 8.1 Player’s Actions That Improve Conditions Affecting the Stroke 8.2 Player’s Deliberate Actions to Alter Other Physical Conditions to Affect the Player’s Own Ball at Rest or Stroke to Be Made 8.3 Player’s Deliberate Actions to Alter Physical Conditions to Affect Another Player’s Ball at Rest or Stroke to Be Made https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules/rules-2019/rules-of-golf/rules-and-interpretations.html#!ruletype=fr&section=rule&rulenum=8 Relevant Interpretations: 8.1a/1 Examples of Actions That Are Likely to Create Potential Advantage 8.1a/2 Examples of Actions Unlikely to Create Potential Advantage 8.1a/3 Player Who Improves Conditions for Intended Stroke in Breach Even if Different Stroke Is Made 8.1a/4 Example of Moving, Bending or Breaking an Immovable Obstruction 8.1a/5 Building Stance by Positioning Object Such as Towel Is Not Permitted 8.1a/6 Altering Surface of Ground to Build Stance Is Not Permitted 8.1a/7 Player May Probe Near Ball to Determine if Tree Roots, Rocks or Obstructions Are Below Surface of Ground, but Only if This Does Not Improve Conditions 8.1a/8 Altering Surface of Ground in Relief Area Is Not Allowed 8.1a/9 When Divot Is Replaced and Must Not Be Removed or Pressed Down 8.1b/1 Meaning of “Ground the Club Lightly” 8.1b/2 Player Allowed to Dig in Firmly with Feet More Than Once in Taking Stance 8.1b/3 Examples of “Fairly Taking a Stance” 8.1b/4 Examples of Not “Fairly Taking a Stance” 8.1b/5 Improving Conditions in Teeing Area Is Limited to Ground 8.1b/6 Player Smooths Bunker to “Care for the Course” After Playing Out of Bunker 8.1b/7 When Damage That Is Partially On and Partially Off Putting Green May Be Repaired 8.1d(1)/1 Examples Where Player Is Allowed to Restore Conditions Altered by the Actions of Another Person or Outside Influence 8.1d(1)/2 Player Is Entitled to Have Loose Impediments or Movable Obstructions Left Where They Were When Ball Came to Rest 8.1d(2)/1 Examples of Conditions Altered by a Natural Object or Natural Forces Where Player Is Not Allowed to Restore Worsened Conditions 8.1d(2)/2 Player Is Not Allowed to Restore Conditions Affecting the Stroke When Worsened by Caddie or Another Person at Player’s Request 8.1d(2)/3 If Player Enters a Bunker on the Line of Play He or She Must Not Restore Worsened Conditions 8.2b/1 Examples of Player’s Deliberate Actions to Improve Other Physical Conditions Affecting His or Her Own Play 8.3/1 Both Players Are Penalized if Physical Conditions Are Improved with Other Player’s Knowledge https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules/rules-2019/rules-of-golf/rules-and-interpretations.html#!ruletype=interp&section=rule&rulenum=8
  2. You'll have a tough time finding a Rule which covers your dilemma. You, however, will find penalties for raking a bunker when you shouldn't. See Rule 8. https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules/rules-2019/rules-of-golf/rules-and-interpretations.html#!ruletype=fr&section=rule&rulenum=8
  3. These next five Rules 7 through 11 are grouped under the heading, Playing the Ball. Rule 7 - Ball Search: Finding and Identifying Ball Purpose of Rule: Rule 7 allows the player to take reasonable actions to fairly search for his or her ball in play after each stroke. But the player still must be careful, as a penalty will apply if the player acts excessively and causes improvement to the conditions affecting his or her next stroke. The player gets no penalty if the ball is accidentally moved in trying to find or identify it, but must then replace the ball on its original spot. 7.1 How to Fairly Search for Ball 7.2 How to Identify Ball 7.3 Lifting Ball to Identify It 7.4 Ball Accidentally Moved in Trying to Find or Identify It Relevant Interpretations: 7.1a/1 Examples of Actions Unlikely to Be Part of a Fair Search 7.2/1 Identifying Ball That Cannot Be Retrieved 7.4/1 Estimating Original Spot on Which to Replace Ball Moved During Search 7.4/2 Player Attempts to Dislodge Ball in Tree or Step on Ball in Tall Grass During Search
  4. Forgot this is Tour Talk. Accuracy is optional.
  5. Let's lose the made-for-tv term "waste area." The area of the course where the ball lay is called the General Area.
  6. Never held a Private Pilot Certificate. But, do have an FAA ATP. 😉 Flew airplanes for 45 years; F4C in the USAF in the '60s, BAC 1-11, L-1011, B737, BAe 146 for various airlines in the US and abroad. The best jobs for me though were corporate flying. For the last twenty years, I flew most of the modern Dassault Falcons and Gulfstreams all over the world. Hung 'em up ten years ago and moved to Asheville NC. Do I miss going to work? Not a bit. Do I fly for fun? Nope. Heck, I don't even airline anywhere anymore . . . if I can't get there by car, I'm not going.
  7. Rule 6 - Playing a Hole Purpose of Rule: Rule 6 covers how to play a hole – such as the specific Rules for teeing off to start a hole, the requirement to use the same ball for an entire hole except when substitution is allowed, the order of play (which matters more in match play than stroke play) and completing a hole. 6.1 Starting Play of a Hole 6.2 Playing Ball from Teeing Area 6.3 Ball Used in Play of Hole 6.4 Order of Play When Playing Hole 6.5 Completing Play of a Hole And the Interpretations for Rule 6: 6.1b(1)/1 Ball Played from Outside Teeing Area in Match Play and Stroke Not Cancelled by Opponent 6.1/1 What to Do When One or Both Tee-Markers Are Missing 6.2b(4)/1 Tee-Marker Moved by Player Should Be Replaced 6.2b(6)/1 Ball That Comes to Rest in Teeing Area Does Not Have to Be Played as It Lies 6.3a/1 What to Do When Balls Exchanged at Unknown Place 6.3c(1)/1 Meaning of “Penalty Strokes Solely From Playing That Ball” 6.4c/1 Stroke Cannot Be Cancelled When Provisional Ball Played Out of Turn from Teeing Area 6.5/1 Another Ball Played After Hole Was Unknowingly Completed
  8. Rules 5 and 6 tell us about playing the "round" and playing the "hole." Purpose of Rule: Rule 5 covers how to play a round – such as where and when a player may practise on the course before or during a round, when a round starts and ends and what happens when play has to stop or resume. Players are expected to: Start each round on time, and Play continuously and at a prompt pace during each hole until the round is completed. When it is a player’s turn to play, it is recommended that he or she make the stroke in no more than 40 seconds, and usually more quickly than that. Rule 5 - Playing the Round 5.1 Meaning of Round 5.2 Practising on Course Before or Between Rounds 5.3 Starting and Ending Round 5.4 Playing in Groups 5.5 Practising During Round or While Play Is Stopped 5.6 Unreasonable Delay; Prompt Pace of Play 5.7 Stopping Play; Resuming Play https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules/rules-2019/rules-of-golf/rules-and-interpretations.html#!ruletype=fr&section=rule&rulenum=5
  9. Today's the 4th, Rule 4 gets our once over. We all know what a club and a ball is, but it's worth a good look at the Definition of Equipment: Equipment - Anything used, worn, held or carried by the player or the player’s caddie. Objects used for the care of the course, such as rakes, are equipment only while they are being held or carried by the player or caddie. There is one accompanying Interpretation: Equipment/1 – Status of Items Carried by Someone Else for the Player Items, other than clubs, that are carried by someone other than a player or his or her caddie are outside influences, even if they belong to the player. However, they are the player’s equipment when in the player’s or his or her caddie’s possession. For example, if a player asks a spectator to carry his or her umbrella, the umbrella is an outside influence while in the spectator’s possession. However, if the spectator hands the umbrella to the player, it is now his or her equipment. Rule 4 - The Player's Equipment Purpose of Rule: Rule 4 covers the equipment that players may use during a round. Based on the principle that golf is a challenging game in which success should depend on the player’s judgment, skills and abilities, the player: Must use conforming clubs and balls, Is limited to no more than 14 clubs and normally must not replace damaged or lost clubs, and Is restricted in the use of other equipment that gives artificial help to his or her play. For detailed requirements for clubs, balls and other equipment and the process for consultation and submission of equipment for conformity review, see the Equipment Rules.
  10. Rule 3 - The Competition 3.1 Central Elements of Every Competition Purpose of Rule: Rule 3 covers the three central elements of all golf competitions: Playing either match play or stroke play, Playing either as an individual or with a partner as part of a side, and Scoring either by gross scores (no handicap strokes applied) or net scores (handicap strokes applied). 3.2 Match Play Purpose of Rule: Match play has specific Rules (particularly about concessions and giving information about the number of strokes taken) because the player and opponent: Compete solely against each other on every hole, Can see each other’s play, and Can protect their own interests. 3.3 Stroke Play Purpose of Rule: Stroke play has specific Rules (particularly for scorecards and holing out) because: Each player competes against all the other players in the competition, and All players need to be treated equally under the Rules. After the round, the player and the marker (who keeps the player’s score) must certify that the player’s score for each hole is right and the player must return the scorecard to the Committee.
  11. If you care to take this sort of a roundabout way to learn the Rules, I'd suggest doing the quizzes as an "open book" exam. That way you'll learn your way around the Rule book. Experienced Rules people say, "It's not what you know, it's what you can prove."
  12. Today's the 2nd, Rule 2's an easy one, don't forget to reference the Definitions along the way. Rule 2 - The Course Purpose of Rule: Rule 2 introduces the basic things every player should know about the course: There are five defined areas of the course, and There are several types of defined objects and conditions that can interfere with play. It is important to know the area of the course where the ball lies and the status of any interfering objects and conditions, because they often affect the player’s options for playing the ball or taking relief. 2.1 Course Boundaries and Out of Bounds 2.2 Defined Areas of the Course 2.3 Objects or Conditions That Can Interfere with Play 2.4 No Play Zones
  13. Isn't that the truth, Piz. Play a wrong ball one day when it matters and we'll never make that mistake again.
  14. As you suggest, real life examples of Rules breaches which cost a player penalty strokes do make them easy to remember. We see it in action on TV far too frequently. My method, however, is a tactic to both learn the Rules and avoid the penalty strokes.
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