The following are the most relevant references to where ‘should’ is used in the Rules book;
Definition - Nearest Point of Relief
In order to determine the nearest point of relief accurately, the player should use the club with which he would have made his next stroke if the condition were not there to simulate the address position, direction of play and swing for such a stroke.Definition – Out of Bounds
Note: if a player does not use the club with which they would have made their next stroke to determine the nearest point of relief and as a result drops and plays a ball from outside the permitted area they incur a general penalty for playing from the wrong place.
Stakes or lines used to define out of bounds should be white.Definition – Referee
A referee should not attend the flagstick, stand at or mark the position of the hole, or lift the ball or mark its position.Rule 1-4, Points Not Covered by Rules
If any point in dispute is not covered by the Rules, the decision should be made in accordance with equity.Rule 4, Clubs, Rule 5, The Ball and Rule 14-3, Artificial Devices
Note: Equity only applies in golf rulings when circumstances are not already covered by the Rules of Golf. It is nothing to do with achieving a result which a player thinks is ‘fair’.
A player in doubt as to the conformity of a club / ball / artificial device should consult the USGA or R&A.Rule 6-2, Handicap
Before starting a match in a handicap competition, the players should determine from one another their respective handicaps.Rule 6-5, Ball and Rule 12-2, Lifting Ball for Identification
The responsibility for playing the proper ball rests with the player. Each player should put an identification mark on his ball.Rule 6-6, Scoring in Stroke Play
a) Recording Scores. After each hole the marker should check the score with the competitor and record it.Rule 9-3, Stroke Play
b) Signing and Recording Score. After completion of the round, the competitor should check his score for each hole and settle any doubtful points with the Committee.
A competitor who has incurred a penalty should inform his marker as soon as practicable.Rule 20-1, Lifting and Marking
The position of a ball to be lifted should be marked by placing a ball-marker, a small coin or other similar object immediately behind the ball. If the ball-marker interferes with the play, stance or stroke of another player, it should be placed one or more clubhead-lengths to one side.Good golfing,
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