10 Major Golf Rules And Recommendations For Newbies
Golf is a difficult game with a massive rulebook. No doubt, many newbies are put off golf, not only by the sheer learning curve but by the multitude of rules. That said, many of the in-depth rules are far more important when the British Open or another major tournament are on the line!
In this article, we will cover the 10 golf rules that you should know when starting out as a beginner golfer.
The golden rules of golf
- Always play the ball as it lies, unless you have gone out of bounds.
- When it comes to vegetation, bushes, and trees out on the course, you may not move, break or bend any part except if you are taking a proper stance from which you will play, or during your swing. Nothing may be pressed down in front of your ball either.
- Natural objects out on the course that are not fixed and not found in a bunker or water hazard may be lifted.
- Man-made objects that are not fixed may be moved. If they cannot move and are obstructing your ball, you may drop your ball a club-length away to the nearest safe area, but not nearer the hole. You will not receive a penalty stroke.
- If your ball has found a puddle of water, ground under maintenance or animal holes or footprints, you may move it using the rule applied above. This is true for a bunker as well, but not a water hazard. You will not receive a penalty stroke.
- If your ball is in a shallow water hazard or a bunker, you may not touch the ground or water with either your hand or club before taking your shot.
- If your shot lands in a water hazard and the ball cannot be played, you must drop it behind the point where it first crossed the hazard or play again from the same spot you originally did. You will receive one penalty stroke.
- If you cannot find a ball that you have hit out of bounds, add a penalty stroke after 5 minutes of searching. Play your next stroke after dropping a ball at the same place you originally played from.
- If your ball lands in play, but you have an unplayable lie, you may drop a ball from where you played previously or two club lengths away from the area and not nearer the hole. If you are already in a bunker, you may only drop the ball in the same bunker. You will receive one penalty stroke.
- Any ball marks or old hole plugs on the line of your putt may be repaired when on the green. Spike marks from golfer shoes may not be.
With these rules, you will know what to do in most of the situations you will ever face as a beginner golfer. Memorize them and practice them out on the course.