Last time we gave you a guide about some of the rules on golf. In this article we give you information about some of the more advanced rules of golf.
So let’s begin!
Rules related to the greens:
1. When you’re on the green, you can move stones, leaves and other obstacles on your line. Otherwise you are not allowed to touch the line of your putt.
2. You can repair old ball marks on your line but not spike or foot marks.
3. You are not allowed to feel the surface of the green with your hand or your club.
4. If your putt stops at the edge of the hole, you are allowed to wait only 10 seconds to see if it goes in. If it takes longer than 10 seconds, you get a penalty shot.
5. Make sure the flag is out of the hole when your ball approaches the cup while you are on the green. You can tell another player to hold the pin and take it out completely as your ball approaches.If your ball hits the pin while you are on the green you will be penalized.
6. When someone asks you to move your marker since it is interfering with their line, you are allowed to move it as long as follow these rules- Place the heel of the putter straight next to the marker, and move the marker to the toe of the putter. Don’t forget to place the marker where it was before you play your shot!
Rules related to other players:
1. You can only ask your caddy for advice on how to play a hole. This means, you are not allowed to ask another player about which club he used to play the hole, or advice on how to putt the ball. Breaking this rule gets you a penalty.
2. Any player can hold the flag for another player. You can ask about things that are common such as water hazards.
3. You are not allowed to give advice to any player other than your partner in the competitions.
4. If you or your partner move the ball during either one of your plays, you have to add a penalty shot and replace the ball. If you are unable to replace the ball you have to add a 2 stroke penalty.
5. If an animal moves the ball, there is no penalty. You can replace the ball where it was and carry on.
6. If water or wind moves the ball, you must play it from the new position. There is no penalty in this case either.
7. When you are dropping a ball, stand straight, hold your arm parallel to the ground, and drop the ball without any thrust or spin.
8. If your ball rolls into a hazard after you drop it, you can pick it up and drop it again, making sure there are no obstacles on the path. If your ball still rolls into the hazard after two tries, place it on the spot it was before you dropped it.
9. You are allowed to drop away from temporary water that is on the green and is not termed as a hazard. There is no penalty in such cases.
10. You are allowed to drop away from part of the greens that are marked under repair
11. You are allowed to drop away from animals on the green with no penalty.
12. If you land on the wrong putting green, you are allowed to drop it off on your green at one club length from the edge. You will not receive any penalty.
13. If another ball is interfering with your swing, you can ask the other player to remove it.
14. If anyone asks you to mark and life your ball since it is interfering with their swing, you can use a coin or a marker to mark the position of your ball and then lift it. At such times you are not allowed to clean your ball.
Rules related to when the ball is unplayable:
1. Water hazards are defined by yellow stakes or painted lines. Lateral water hazards are defined by red stakes or painted lines. You can play the ball inside the hazard if you want.
2. If you are not willing to play from the hazard, you can drop a ball where you played your last shot and add a penalty shot. Or you can drop a ball where you are in line with the hole and the hazard you crossed and go back as far as you like.
3. If you dropped your ball in a lateral hazard, you are allowed to drop a ball within two club lengths of where your ball crossed the hazard.
4. If there is no water in the water hazard, you can play from inside it. However, you should remember that the rules for such cases will be the same as the rules for when you’re playing from a bunker, ie, no touching the grass while swinging back, no grounding the club, and no moving obstacles using fingers and clubs.
5. If you hit a ball and suspect it got lost or is in some problematic area, you can drop a ball from your ball’s previous location and call it a provisional ball. Once you play the provisional ball you can look for your original ball. If you can’t find your original ball within 5 minutes, you have to declare the original ball ‘unplayable’ and play with your provisional. You also get one stroke penalty.
So there you have it! Now you can come here anytime and get reacquainted with the rules of golf. Did we miss any core rules? Let us know in the comments below!