Columnist: Golf Rules

Support Your Local Golf Club

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  • 12 Days ago
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By: Richard Todd     It’s unimaginable to think of playing golf in Ohio during the middle of January, when local courses are covered in a foot of snow and temperatures hover in the single digits, yet that’s what the course management is considering, and worrying, about!   The warm, summer days with grass growing, […]

History and Rules of Dropping Golf Balls

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  • 1 Month ago
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By: Richard Todd   The rule addressing putting a ball back into play has gone through several changes in the past two hundred years, and will go through more soon!   Starting in 1908 the rule stated, a golfer would reintroduce a ball into play by dropping it over their shoulder.   “The player shall […]

Technology & Golf Rules

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  • 2 Months ago
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By: Richard Todd   After years of relying on my golfing companions to provide exact measurements to the green and hazards, using their GPS and laser range finders, I finally purchased my own technology. The quick reading of pin-point digital yardage speeds up my round, increases my confidence in club selection, and helps shots be […]

New Golf Rules and Their Impact

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  • 4 Months ago
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By: Richard Todd   There are many rule changes by the USGA coming in 2019. One of my favorites is the ability to putt with the flagstick in cup, without penalty.   Normally, striking the flagstick from on the green is a breach of USGA rules #17-3 and carries a two-stroke penalty, but this rule is to […]

Using The Rules of Golf To Your Advantage

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  • 5 Months ago
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By: Richard Todd   PGA Tour players have been using the rules of golf more effectively for their benefit rather than simply to assess penalties. Equity and fairness in play is the reason the USGA and The R&A created the rules.   At the 2017 Open Championship, Jordan Spieth’s ball landed on a hilly slope […]

Rules, Rules, Rules

  • by Pat
  • 7 Months ago
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The Rules of Golf have dominated the news lately. Stories abound with professional tour events turned upside down as leaders were assessed penalties days later, as well as, the impending overhaul of many rules. What do professional golfers think and how do golf rules impact you? Golf Channel Amateur Tour (www.GCAMtour.com) player Matt Blum provided some […]

Rules Changes Help Your Game

  • by Pat
  • 6 Months ago
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The Unites States Golf Association (USGA) and Royal & Ancient (R&A) are currently making changes to the rules of golf to make the game more equitable, uniform, and hopefully more enjoyable. Some changes have already been implemented. Just ask Jon Rahm, a professional golfer from Spain. At the 2017 Irish Open he did not properly […]

How to Combat Slow Play

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  • 6 Months ago
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Golfers HATE waiting to play, due to the group in front of them playing slowly. Fights have been known to break out on the course, as patience is tested and nerves become frayed. During one round this summer I waited for two to three minutes on every tee box. While each of these delays isn’t horrendous by […]

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