Rules of Golf

GOLF RULES You’re not allowed to flatten the grass behind your ball

Play It As It Lies is one of the fundamental rules of golf. This means you are not allowed to flatten the grass down behind your golf ball.

Under The Card have been smashing out some beautiful drone footage of some of Australia’s best golf course, but they’ve also recently teamed up with David Blake from Golf Rules Questions to produce more Rules of Golf videos.

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9 things you should know about hitting a provisional golf ball

Do you often find yourself hitting a provisional golf ball? You’ll need to understand what to do next.

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If you watched the final hole of the 2023 Masters you must have seen Jon Rahm’s extraordinary tee shot that was hit into the trees forcing the Spaniard to reload and hit a provisional golf ball.

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R&A and USGA announce the 2023 update to the Rules of Golf

A simplified rule for relief, a new rule for replacing damaged clubs, and omitting your handicap from a scorecard is no longer a penalty under a range of new changes to the Rules of Golf.

Media Release

The R&A and the United States Golf Association today announced the 2023 changes to the Rules of Golf, with groundbreaking new modifications for people with disability, and a global modernisation of the way in which the rules are made available.

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R&A, USGA to address increased hitting distances in pro golf

Golf’s governing bodies the R&A and USGA released a statement that included the curiously named “Areas of Interest” that signals the beginning of their intent to roll back the increase in distances the golf ball is going in professional golf.

The Areas of Interest are outlined as potential changes to the way golf ball testing is achieved, and the introduction of local rules designed to minimise the effect of the “spring-like effect and moment of inertia in drivers”.

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Zach Johnson accidentally hits his golf ball during practice swing

Newly installed Ryder Cup captain and two-time major champion, Zach Johnson did something more reminiscent of a weekend hacker.

This is just weird. Zach Johnson accidentally hit his golf ball during his practice swing at THE PLAYERS Championship.

In the video below, you can see the toe of Johnson’s driver hit the ball on his practice swing and it careers off into the crowd.

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GOLF RULES What happens when your ball comes to rest against a rake?

Here is a simple, visual explainer on what happens when your golf ball finishes up against a bunker rake.

Australian golf rules guru David Blake has been answering a series of questions at his GolfRules Questions YouTube Channel. You can also follow him on Facebook and Instagram, and there’s already a stack of great content – a lot of it concerning the commonly misunderstood rules of golf.

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