Golf Rules Tips
This information may have been more appropriate during our rainy season, but for those who are playing during these summer days you may encounter places on the course where there is overwatering or sloppy conditions.
The question then arises when I am allowed to clean my ball? The information is coverer in Rule 14.1c, Cleaning Ball First answer and the simplest, if you lift your ball from the putting green, you may always clean it.
If you have any questions about the rules of golf, please feel free to contact me,
Some Quick Handicap FAQs
The golf handicap system is a great way to monitor your game improvement by creating a metric that can be used across all rated golf courses. It also allows you to compare your game against other golfers despite different skill levels. Its purpose is to enhance your enjoyment of the game.
hole or in some cases the round?
Scores for Holes Not Played
Example, I would have received 1 handicap stroke on every hole. I played 8 holes, but I can’t play the 9 th hole. The 9 th hole is par 3. My score for the 9 th hole would be 3 (par) + 1 (my handicap stroke) or a 4.
the holes I didn’t play would be Par + handicap stroke.
If for some reason you only play 13 holes, you could still post the holes you played as a 9-hole round and don’t add in the 10th , 11th ,12th and 13th hole scores.
Scores for Holes Started but Not Completed
If you have started playing a hole but for some reason you do not complete it (hole out), you should record a score of “what you most likely would have scored”. Example I am playing a Par 4 hole. I hit a poor tee shot into a bad lie and after my 4th stroke I am near the green but in heavy rough. After taking 3 more strokes, I am now on the green but about 20 feet away from the hole on an undulating green. I make the decision to pick up (exhausted and worried about pace of play). At this point, I am lying 7 on the green. I can estimate that it would probably take me 3 more putts to finish the hole, so I would record a 10 for the hole.
With golf being very popular and tee sheets full, it is rare to get out without groups in front of you when you are playing. No one enjoys a marathon round no matter how beautiful the weather or how pleasant the company. Pace of play is an individual responsibility. You need to keep up with the group in front of you. Note that this has NOTHING to do with the group BEHIND you.
Your position on the course is measured by the group in front.
A player must not unreasonably delay play, either when playing a hole or between two holes. The player should play at a prompt pace throughout the round, including the time taken to: Prepare for and make each stroke, Move from one place to another between strokes, and Move to the next teeing area after completing a hole.
In match play, the players may agree that one of them will play out of turn to save time (see Rule 6.4a). In stroke play, players may play “ready golf” in a safe and responsible manner way (see Rule 6.4b Exception).
Also note, that being a high handicap golfer doesn’t necessarily make you a slow golfer. I recently officiated in a tournament where the single digit golfer took 60 seconds for each shot (painful). She played better golf after I put her group on the clock. It may be because she didn’t agonize over every shot and just played with a better rhythm.
If you have any questions about the rules of golf, please feel free to contact me, Stacey Baba, email@example.com.
I look forward to answering your questions. Hope to see you on course.