The Golf Rules You Need To Know To Succeed!



Golf rules are strictly defined in the Rules Of Golf, as formulated by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.

They are not always clear and easy to understand though!

Apart from the formal "rules of golf" there are also some informal "Rules of Etiquette". As a beginner you are expected to know the basic golf rules, but also pick up on these more "common sense" rules of etiquette.



More about the rules of golf here! The golf swing follows no rules ..

"The Game of Golf consists of playing a ball with a club from the teeing ground into the hole by a stroke or successive strokes in accordance with the Rules".

Now you know!


Let's expand a little on this basic definition:

"Golf is a game in which a ball is struck with a club from a prepared area, known as the "teeing ground", across fairway and rough to a second prepared area, which has a hole in it, known as the "putting green".

The object of the game is to complete what is known as a hole by playing a ball from the teeing ground into the hole on the putting green in the fewest possible number of strokes.

A "round of golf' consists of playing 18 such holes".




The golf rules, as laid down by the "Royal and Ancient", number 41 in total, and run to more than 25,000 words, plus 350 "special decisions" ...

It is fair to say that few golfers are "up to date" with more than a few essential rules of golf!

And it is an interesting fact that even the most basic rules are often the cause of spirited discussions as golfers try to interpret them ... Knows the rules of golf ..

There are three sets of golf rules that together make up what you need to know.

First there are the Definitions And Rules".

Here are definitions of what is a "hazard", what is meant by an "obstruction", what is "casual water" - all things that govern what you can do or not do in certian situations.

For a more detailed discussion of this subject click on the link below.

Golf rules - definitions and rules



Moving on .... then there are the "Rules of Play".

These rules of golf govern what you can do if a ball is hit by another golfers ball, for example.

Also exactly how to lift and drop you ball if you have to do that.

And do you know when you cannot let the club touch the ground before you swing?

(the answer is: if you are in a bunker or in a water hazard). Finally there are the "Rules of Etiquette". These are more "common sense" rules of how to behave and judge different situations.

Things like "don't talk when another player is getting ready to swing", for example.

Or "let a faster group through", a rule which is not always adhered to and which is often a source of irritation when the game is discussed on the 19th hole ...


These three "parts" cover basically all you need to know to succeed.

Lastly,I have included three links below for you to browse:

The first link is to an excellent little "golf rule" book, that you can carry in your bag and really quickly find exactly what is right in any given situation (no, I do not get any compensation or is affiliated to this, I just think it is brilliant!)

The second link is to the "Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews", where you can find a lot of information about everything that has to do with golf!

And the third link is to the 4 DVD set "Secrets of Better Golf", where the 4th DVD teaches you not only how to avoid penalties but also course management, so vital to success!

The Rule Book To Have In Your Bag!

Knows it all?

The Royal and Ancient Golf Cloub of St Andrews

Course Management and Golf Etiguette

Don't listen any self proclaimed experts, learn the basics yourself!






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