In every place we go or on whatever actions we do, there will always be regulations or rules to govern mankind. Just like any other sport, playing in a golf tournament has its policies and restrictions that guides players on the rules of the game. This is to prevent fraud, misrepresentation, cheating, and deliberate violations of this famous or prominent sport in the world.
The following rules apply to both leisure golf and formal golf tournaments:
- Make sure you have only 14 clubs on your golf bag – This may seem like humour for anyone without any golf experience. But, it’s seriously imposed by golf organisers and tournament officials and managers. To avoid getting the two-stroke penalty, make sure you or your caddie count them off prior to teeing off.
- Rule on balls dropping off the tee – Even professional golfers are uncertain when, unintentionally, golf balls start dropping off the tee. When this happens, you’ve got to do it again or perform a re-tee without the penalty. In an instance where you have done your swing already, you are obliged to swing at it again for the second time as it lies on the green – of course, without the ball holder this time.
- Giving or soliciting advice – While it is true that this scenario is common among peers or close friends, it is considered improper and illegal during an individual, formal competition in a tournament. However, in case of a team play, teammates along with caddies can deliberate on their winning form or play strategy.
- Following the rules in distinguishing water and lateral hazards – Just so you may know, yellow marks any form of water hazard while the colour red is an indication that it’s a lateral hazard. Players who choose not to pursue the play will receive a one-shot penalty even when identified to have a long and clear swing or shot. A player has a lot of options during a water hazard. He could proceed to a particular or designated drop area. Next is determine the spot where the ball made contact with the water hazard and later will be suggested to drop back as far as the spot and the pin. Then finally, dropping the ball closest to where the last swing was performed and make the re-tee for the second time around if in case it was your initial shot.
- A parallel peril is marginally unique. Like with yellow stakes, you need to distinguish where the ball crossed into the danger. Be that as it may, you are given a two clubs length zone to drop. You can likewise go on the opposite side of the peril – accepting no nearer to the gap – and drop there too.
- Improvising or modifying your position by getting rid of surrounding objects – Your ball stops under a tree, and it shows up you have a shot. The main issue is a bothersome appendage meddling with your backswing. No stresses; you can sever that branch, yes? Nope: You can’t improve the position or lie of your ball. This incorporates moving or bowing anything developing or fixed in the domain of your imagined swing.