Golf Rules and Regulations

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Can you tend the flag off the green in golf?

yes you can if you believe the ball will land or roll into the hole.

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What is penalty for improving your golf lie?

Two stroke penalty.

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What is the penalty for losing a golf ball?

One shot penalty and you must go back to where you played the previous shot from, no exceptions. So if you hit a tee shot, and lose it in the trees, you take your penalty and play your third from the tee.

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too often, guys will just drop a ball where they think their last ball was lost and proceed with a one-stroke penalty.

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Can you obtain relief for gur in a bunker?

Yes, if a bunker is marked GUR you are entitled to a free drop. To do so, you remove your ball from the bunker, and from the nearest point of relief you are allowed one club length, you drop your ball and play.

If there is water in the bunker and there is no GUR marked you are allowed a free drop in the bunker, no nearer the hole. If you cannot get relief from the water you can either play it or you can take a penalty drop out of the bunker.

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What happens in golf if a player hits opponents ball by mistake when both players are puting on the green?

the player who putted the ball receives a one shot penalty and the ball that was hit should be replaced as near as possible to the place it was struck.

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If you use another players club is it a penalty?

Yes, two shot penalty or loss of hole in matchplay.

Using another players club is a penalty. Better have your own club.

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Can you use a tee in the fairway?

No, you can only use a tee in the teeing area, when you hit your tee shot. You may not tee your ball up again during that hole.

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Can lift golf ball when lie edge of fairway?

The only legal way of lifting the ball when it lies on the edge of the fairway is when the rules committee of a tournament is playing lift-clean- and place. This would be stated before the tournament began. This accounts for unsavory conditions such as rain. The player is allowed to place a tee where the ball was, clean the ball, and place it back in fairway.

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How many clubs can you have in your bag during a golf tournament?

You may only have 14 clubs in your bag during one round of competition golf. The penalty for more than 14 is a 2 shot penalty per hole the extra club was carried, in 2009 this rule was ammended so the maximum penalty was 4 shots, although if you have already signed your score card and then notice your mistake you will be disqualified for signing for an incorrect score.

On the first tee box, honors used to be determined by flipping a tee and seeing where it pointed after landing to select golfing order. This would have to be done at least 3 times in a foursome. Today, there's a new device called the Starter Coin that golfers flip once to decide who tees off 1st, 2nd, 3rd and last all in one flip.

You can have any as long as the maximum is 14 clubs or else you will have a penalty.

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What does missed the cut mean?

When A Golfer Doesn't Advance To The Next Round. Players Miss The Cut In Tournaments If They Don't Have A Good Enough Score To Play With The Remaining Players That Have The Best Chance To Win The Tournament.

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What is 3 above par called?

For a given hole - a triple bogey.

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Do golf pros keep their own scores?

Yes, they keep the score of their playing partner, or the players card they have been given.

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Is there a proper way to arrange the clubs in a golf bag?

I would say it depends on whether or not you are riding in a cart, pulling a hand cart, carrying your clubs, or using a caddy. It really is a matter of personal preference. Group short to long so that they accessible and dont bang short irons against longer clubs with graphite shafts.

You could "just throw them in the bag, however the way I was taught is to arrange them in your dividers or individual tubes with the longest clubs (woods) on the high end of the bag through the the shortest clubs (wedges) at the lowest side of the bag. However I have always put my putter with my woods, even though it is my shortest club. It really is a matter of preference.

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Why do women hit off the red tee box?

Women hit off Red tees because a course is rated for different people and Competitions White are traditionally main Medal Tee, Yellow for visitors and male member non competition and the Red for ladies and boys according to R&A course rating

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How many clubs in a golf bag is a putter considered a golf club?

There can be 14 clubs in a golf bag during tournament play. The putter is considered one of the clubs.

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What is the degree of bounce of the Ben Hogan 'sure out' sand wedge?

55 Degrees

55 degrees is the loft, not the bounce. The bounce is the angle of the trailing edge (heel) of the club to flat (0 degree bounce). In the Sure Out the bounce probably high, in the 12 to 14 degree range.

I just researched and purchased the Hogan Sure-Out sand wedge. The loft on the club is 56 degrees. The bounce on the club is actually only 6 degrees. What makes this club design compelling is that the extended length of the sole actually makes it play like a club with 14-16 degrees of bounce. What this design brings to the club is a ability to hit sand shots with a traditional open face as well as a standard square set-up. I purchased this club for three distinct shots: 1 = soft and deep sand, 2 = heavy southern Bermuda rough where you have to dig down and almost blast the ball out and you do not want to bury the club in th dirt, and 3 = the ability to play a ball off difficult lies and surfaces where you have to make a steeply decending swing and you do not want to risk digging the club in and hitting it fat.

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How is the hole distance measured on a golf course?

All golf courses have the holes marked in meters.

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Can you walk your dog across common golf course?

On a public course you can, but when walking with the dog be cautious when someone is hitting near you.

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Is there a senior Q school for PGA?

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Are square golf drivers illegal?

No. In fact, they are actually being used on the PGA Tour by players such as K.J. Choi and Rory Sabbatini.

Although anyone who's seen the Callaway FT series (FT IQ) would probably agree they should be illegal, definitely the ugliest club out there.

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What does a cavity back do for your golf swing and do the pros use it?

Cavity backs don't affect your swing. They make the club more forgiving with any swing by placing the weight around the perimeter of the club. This increases the clubs moment of inertia, and makes it less apt to torque when struck off center. Some pros use them, some use a variation on the theme, and some use the "flat-backed" irons. Phil Marrone, PGA

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Can you play golf with only one club?

You can, but it's exceedingly difficult if you make the wrong choice; it's hard enough of you pick right.

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How many golf clubs can you carry?

You can carry up to 14 total clubs in your golf bag, a 2 stroke penalty is incurred for more than this number of clubs.

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How long is a golf pin from ground to flag?

There is no legal limit, and they vary from course to course and even hole to hole. Holes which have hills or bushes blocking the green have very tall flags so players can see it.

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What is the volume of a golf ball?

The smallest ball permitted by USGA rules is 1.68 inches in diameter, which would yield a minimum volume of about 2.48 cubic inches (40.68 cm3) -- the dimples vary in number and depth, so the displaced volume would be slightly smaller. Historically, there was a smaller "British" ball that yielded some advantage in distance.

How to compute

V = 4/3 (pi) r3 (4 x 3.1416 x radius cubed)

How to measure

The easiest way to check would be to put a golf ball in a beaker of water. Fill a 200 ml beaker with water, and place the ball in. Catch the overflow in another measured beaker. Since water is almost exactly 1 ml = 1 cc, the liquid displaced by the completely submerged ball will provide a close estimate of its volume in cm3.


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