Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Gof Rules - 9 Tips on What You Can Do

I am going to keep this blog very simple; 9 short tips on what the Rules permit you to do. Check them out; there might be something new for you.

Under the Rules of Golf you may;
  1. Have a flagstick attended even when your ball is in a bunker, or on the apron of the green - Rule 17-1.
  2. Look into someone’s golf bag to identify which club they are using for their stroke - Decision 8-1/10.
  3. Use the back, or the toe, of the clubhead to strike the ball - Decision 14-1/1.
  4. Ask anyone the distance from any point A to any point B - Information on distance is not advice, Definition of Advice.
  5. Ground your club on a bridge situated in a water hazard - Decision 13-4/30.
  6. Lay a club, or clubs, in a bunker before you make a stroke at your ball lying in that bunker - Exception 1(b) to Rule 13-4.
  7. Wrap a towel or handkerchief around the grip to assist in gripping your club on a wet day - Rule 14-3c.
  8. Replace your ball where it was, under penalty of one stroke, when you have just putted past the hole and into a bunker - Rule 28a.
  9. Use the toe of your putter to mark your ball – Decision 20-1/16.
I was going to follow this list with 9 things that you can’t do. But I don’t want to confuse, so I will leave this for a few days until my next blog.

Good golfing

Barry Rhodes

Have you got your copy of my book, ‘999 Questions on the Rules of Golf’? If you haven’t, I think that it will help you understand and remember the Rules; if you have, why not purchase another one as a gift for a golfing friend or relative?


Unknown said...

Thanks, Barry...

Is decision 13-4/30 relatively new? I always thought the bridge is considered part of the hazard.

This is why on a scale of 1-10, you are 10, and I am 7, maybe...!!!

I am looking at your book as I write this and love skipping around to find out the rules I would get wrong. I am glad I bought it. Great investment...

There is an old saying, "You don't know what you don't know".

Barry Rhodes said...


First, thanks for your comments on my book. I am delighted to say that everyone who has commented to me on it have said that it is helping them understand the Rules better.

To answer your question, Decision 13-4/30 has been in the Rules for many years. Here is the Decision in full, which provides the two logical reasons why it is permitted;
"Q. A player's ball lies on a bridge over a water hazard within the margins of the hazard when extended upward. May the player ground his club?

A. Yes. A bridge is an obstruction. In a hazard, the club may touch an obstruction at address or in the backward movement for the stroke — see Note under Rule 13-4. Touching the bridge prior to address is also permissible, since an obstruction in a water hazard is not "ground in the hazard."

This applies even if the bridge has been declared an integral part of the course."


Unknown said...

Thank you.

We have a neat stone bridge fully in the hazard and I have had occasion to be in the hazard with the bridge (obstruction) affecting my backswing. I knew I was not entitled to relief and I guess I equated a ball on the bridge in a similar way. Thanks for the clarification.