Lets talk about the rules of golf...
What do you think
about the Dustin Johnson debacle last year at Whistling Straits? How about
this weekend at the Zurich Classic when Webb Simpson was penalized because
of a questionable rule?
Have you ever wondered why a
whiff is better for your score than a 280 yard drive that
bounces off a cartpath and rolls out-of-bounds?
Should you have
to play from a crater in the middle of the fairway because some idiot
didn't replace a divot?
about putting through scuffmarks left by someone who forgot to pick
up their feet- or finding your ball in the bottom of a
size eleven footprint in a bunker?
Here at Golf Rulez , we certainly wonder why. We plan to gather your input
about the rules of golf and share our findings with the USGA. Maybe
by giving careful consideration and having an open discussion about
the sometimes arbitrary nature of the rules of golf, Golf
influence the future of the game.
Golf can be a cruel game- but the rules
can be kind. Knowing your options can save you strokes. Our
Q&A (see left sidebar) will help you learn the rules to minimize the damage- and
Golf Rulez will also explore other
facets of the game. Here on the Golf Rulez site, you will be able to
ask questions about the game, share stories about amazing shots,
repond to rules quizzes, and pick up instructional tips to improve
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Q&A of the
April 30, 2011
Yikes! I tried to drive the green... but instead
clipped a tree and dunked a brand new Pro V in the drink. To make
matters worse, I'm staring double-bogey in the face! What
CAN I do?
The pond on #12
at Rogue's Roost East in Bridgeport, NY, is marked with red stakes,
indicating a lateral water hazard. The hole is a short but challenging
dogleg par 4 that requires a properly positioned tee shot
to leave the player with a pitching wedge approach to a
green guarded by out of bounds right and the pond left and short. In
a classic risk-vs-reward scenario, a tee shot hit high enough to clear
the wooded area inside the dogleg, and long enough to carry the
pond, can reach the green about 260 yards away and set up an eagle putt. If
you come up short, however, watch for a splash.
golfers assume that relief is limited to the side of the pond
where the ball last crossed the hazard line. Assuming the ball
crossed the lateral water hazard at the point marked 1 in the photo
above, the golfer also has the option of dropping within two club
lengths of point 2, equidistant from the hole in relation to point
1, on the opposite side of the hazard.
This rule provides another option for the player who
attempts to drive the green, but instead knocks it into
the pond. As always, knowing ALL your options can help you lower
your score. Chipping to the green from the fairway is much easier than
pitching from the rough under tree branches over the pond and onto the
Saving par on #12 just got a lot
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