We are back with our second installment to all the questions frequently asked by beginner golfers. In this article, we will cover the rules of golf, and other questions that come to your mind while playing.
3. Questions about golf rules:
Here are the key golf rules at a glance-
i. The holes on the course must be played in order, unless the committee mentions otherwise.
ii. In match play, each hole is played like a separate contest. If you win the first hole you are ‘one-up’, if you lose you are ‘one-down’, and if you win and lose equal holes you are ‘all-square’. In such cases, you win the match when you have won more holes than the number of holes left to play in the match.
iii. In stroke play, the person with the lowest score for a round is the winner. In case of multiple rounds, the total score for multiple rounds is considered. In these type of games, you have to play your ball into the hole before starting the next hole. When filling the scorecard, ensure that your score for each hole is correct and don’t forget to sign your card while returning it. You cannot play match play and stroke play games at the same time.
iv. You cannot carry more than 14 clubs at a time.
v. You cannot change balls while playing a hole, unless another rule allows it.
vi. Always use the correct handicap when using one.
vii. Be ready to play at your own tee-time or starting time.
viii. Ensure that you can identify your ball.
ix. While a round is going on, you can only ask your caddie and your partner advice on how to play. You cannot give advice to your opponent.
x. You are not allowed to position any marker that indicates your line of play.
4. How high should you tee the golf ball?
As a beginner golfer stepping up onto the golf box, you wonder how deep should you push the tee into the ground. This is a fairly common question and here’s the answer- The correct tee height depends on the club that you are using. The longer the club the higher the tee should be. Therefore, the ball sits the highest on the tee when you are using drivers and lowest on the tee when you are using wedges.
When using a driver, the best height to tee a ball is equal to the top of the driver, i.e., the bottom of the ball sitting on the tee must be on the same height as the top of the driver. If you are using wedges, the tee will go into the ground, leaving only the head above ground. Many golfers choose to play right off the teeing ground instead of a tee when they are playing with wedges.
5. What set of tees should you use on the golf course?
Most golf courses have three sets of tees known as the forward tees, the middle tees, and the back tees. The back tees are also called the championship tees. The different kinds of tees correspond to the different yardages. The tees at the back of the tee box correspond to the longest yardages, and therefore are the longest. The tees at the front of the tee box correspond to the shortest yardages. Over time, you will become clear about which tee to use for which hole.
6. When can you request to tend the flag and when can you do it yourself?
When you are playing a stroke from the putting green, the ball is not allowed to touch the flagstick. So you should remove the flagstick from the cup before hitting your shot. But removing the flagstick can sometimes make it hard to understand where the hole is. Therefore, golfers “tend the flag” for one another. “Tending the flag” means one player stands next to the flagstick and removes it after another player makes his shot. This allows the player to see the location of the hole clearly and also saves him from a penalty. The flag can be tended for any shot made on the golf course. You can tend the flag if someone asks you to do it for them. You can also request someone else to do it for you when it is your shot.
7. How to mark a golf ball on the putting green?
When you mark your ball, you put some identifying mark on it so that the particular ball is identified as yours. It can also refer to a ball marker that marks your ball position when you lift up the golf ball. While you are playing on the course you are not allowed to lift your ball up. However on the putting green, this rule is not present. When you are picking up your golf ball, always remember to mark its position with a marker. But why would you want to pick up the ball in the first place? Here are some reasons:
i. To clean it
ii. To align the graphics of the ball with the putting line
iii. To remove distractions for other golfers (when your golf ball might come in their way)
Here is the correct procedure to mark a golf ball on the putting green:
i. Place a small coin or a ball marker behind the golf ball placed on the green.
ii. Lift up the ball after you are sure you have placed the marker on the ground. Never pick the ball first and then place a marker on the putting green.
iii. When you are replacing the golf ball onto the putting green, make sure you place it directly in front of the marker placed.
iv. Pick up your coin/marker.
We hope we answered all the questions that you had about golfing! If you have any more questions regarding the same, feel free to comment below, and we will answer them for you!