Understanding The Basic Rules Of Golf
There are many people who embark on playing golf but do not really
try to understand the rules or the golfing terms used. It's good
to at least understand the basic rules before a game of golf.
Golf is played by striking a ball using a club on an area called
"teeing ground." Once the ball is hit, it typically travels fairways
across and onto a next prepared area. A hole could be found in this
area that is called a "putting green."
The objective of the game of golf is that one should be able to
complete a hole by means of hitting a ball from a teeing ground
and place it inside the hole of the putting green in as few strokes
as possible. What is usually referred to as a round of golf generally
consists of 18 holes to be played in.
In golf, there are mainly two kinds of play to pick from. The winner
in one kind of play is determined by the holes that are lost and
won, this is referred to as a match play. The other kind of play
is determined by the number of strokes one has taken to complete
a round. This is called a stroke play.
When playing golf, there are two relevant rules to remember: as
you find the course, go play it. As the ball lies, it should also
be played as such.
If you find it hard to follow the above rule, at least try your
very best to do what is reasonable. How do you know what is fair?
Below are the summarized rules to give you a good idea of how to
play a good game of golf.
The Intro: Basic Golf Courtesy
- Avoid moving, chatting or standing too close to a golfer who
is about to make a stroke.
- Play with a minimum amount of delay. As quickly as the players
in the group that you are in have left, it is just as best that
you do the same. Try your best not to play until the group is
already out of the way.
- As much as possible, try to replace the divots. Also, remember
to smooth any footprints found in the bunkers.
- It is greatly inadvisable to drop your clubs on the putting
green, so don't!
The Rules of Playing Golf
- Before playing that all important round of golf, the first
thing you should do is to read the local rules stated on the score
card you are holding.
- After which do not forget to place an identifying mark on the
ball you are going to use. Some golfers use the same type and
brand of golf ball, if in case your ball is placed among these
bunch, you will have difficulty finding which is which.
- Make sure that you get to count your clubs before actual play.
You should have a maximum of fourteen clubs.
- When beginning actual play, it is best that you tee off in
front of the tee markers. When you tee outside this specified
area and you are playing a match play, your opponent may have
to ask you to repeat the stroke you just did. The good thing when
one does this in a match play, you get to incur no penalty. However,
if in a stroke play, you then are given a penalty of two-stroke.
- If while you are playing and your golf ball happens to lie
in a bunker or a water hazard, you should not in any way touch
the ground of the bunker or the water before you do your down
- The ball must as much as possible be struck fairly and should
neither be spooned or pushed.
- It is alright for you to mark the ball that you are using.
You could take your ball, clean it and place it on the exact place
where it was.
- When dropping a ball, it is best that you stand upright and
then hold the ball at the length of your shoulder, and then you
may drop it. If by dropping the ball it happens to strike your
partner, you or your caddie, the ball must then be dropped again
with no penalty.
- It is also fine for you to lift your ball if by doing so you
are able to assist another player. Or you also may lift any other
ball as long as that ball interferes with your playing or interferes
Copyright (c) 2006 Ewen Chia
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