Several Rules of Golf

Several Rules of Golf

Posted in the Golf Forum

Since: May 12

Las Vegas, NV

#1 Jan 14, 2013
Golf has existed for centuries. Governed by a vast and complex set of rules. Each designed to cope with the myriad of possibilities which can occur during a round. Television viewers of significant tournaments around the world often witness players waiting whilst waiting for a rules official. Such are the complexities of the rules, along with the potential consequences of an unintentional infringement.

Beneath the major tours, golfers, both professional and amateur continue to play the game, using the same set of rules, but without accompanying referees. Understandably, disputes arise, often as a result of misinterpretation, occasionally in pursuit of a player's ambition to succeed regardless of the officially imposed boundaries.

Generally, the primary solution is greater education both through official channels and by players acquainting themselves with the contents of the freely available rules booklets. It is also an interesting and disturbing fact that, a very small proportion of players actually carry a set of rules whilst playing with taylormade rocketbladez irons. That truism applies equally to professional and amateur players of all levels. A straw-poll among your playing partners will almost certainly confirm that being the case.

Unfortunately current technology is unable to offer a comprehensive solution to this regrettable situation. However, one important aspect, namely Rule 27-1, c, has now been properly addressed. This rule, which defines that a player has five minutes to search for and find a lost ball, is a key element of golf.

The first, and most obvious answer is that golf's rules-makers intended that they be strictly observed. This cannot be the case on every occasion when estimation happens as an inaccurate means of governance. Of course, it doesn't necessarily follow that parties will necessarily agree on the estimated time period anyway. In match play with rocketbladez irons for example, each side will have their own reasons for increasing or reducing the search time. So, disputes can and do occur.

Equally, in stroke play the difference between winning and losing can easily hinge on whether or not a ball is found within the allocated period. It is questionable whether, over the course of a golfing lifetime, there is a single player who can say, with absolute certainty that they have always returned cards which comply in every possible way with the Rules.

Next, there is the constantly replayed complaint about on-course hold-ups. You've heard it, I've heard it... complaints about holding everybody up because of a protracted search. Who knows how long it really took. So, self-governance will also help in keeping the course moving at a reasonable pace.

So, before going out on the course, whether it be the monthly medal or a satellite tour event, a small investment can go a very long way to ensuring that when you sign your scorecard, you will be doing so with your conscience clear. Oh and by the way, have you got a copy of the Rules in your bag?

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