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18 most misunderstood rules—Part 1

Esteemed readers, as I have said in the past, I do not know of any game that has even half of the rules and decisions that golf has.

One needs to take a lot of time, reading and understanding the rules of golf.

This is not just a one off thing but one needs to continually refer to the many situations that would possibly occur during a round of golf.

For the next three weeks, we take a look at 18 most misunderstood rules of golf.

  1. Red lateral hazard

Option 1 – Play it from the hazard;

Option 2 – Replay the shot from the original position incurring a stroke and distance penalty; Option 3 – Draw a line from the hole to where the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard and drop anywhere behind that point keeping the point between you and the hole incurring a 1 shot penalty;

Option 4 –go to the point where the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard and drop within two club lengths, no nearer the hole, on either side of the hazard incurring a one-shot penalty.

  1. Yellow water hazard option

1 – Play it from the hazard;

Option 2 – Replay the shot from the original position incurring a stroke and distance penalty; Option 3 – Draw a line from the hole to where the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard and drop anywhere behind that point keeping the point between you and the hole. You would incur a 1 shot penalty

  1. Lost ball or out-of-bounds

After looking for a maximum of five minutes, you must go back to where the shot was originally played from, and replay, incurring a stroke and distance penalty.

  1. Unplayable lie

Option 1 – Take two-club lengths relief no closer to the hole and assess a one-stroke penalty; Option 2 – Replay the shot from the original position incurring a stroke and distance penalty; Option 3 – Take the ball back as far as you want keeping the point where the ball lays between you and the hole incurring a one-shot penalty.

  1. Improving your swing path

You cannot bend, break or hack anything growing or fixed if it improves you lie, your stance, or your area of intended swing. The penalty for doing so is loss of hole in match play, or a two-shot penalty in stroke play.

The author is a R&A certified tournament administrator and referee. He is a founding member of the Professional Golfers Association in Malawi, a teaching professional and a member of the Professional Golf Association of South Africa. For feedback, E-mail: dingaank@ gmail.com or call 0888 346 510.

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