Golf Rules Plain and Simple

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"The game's big lie is that the rules of golf are simple. The actual fact is that they are complex and confusing, which is why millions of earnest amateurs unwittingly violate them every time they play. PGA Tour official Mark Russell is one of golf's best at making complicated rules decisions clear and understandable to the best players in the world, and now he's presenting his common sense approach in plain drawings and plainer English. If you want to truly understand the rules and confidently play by them, ...

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Overview

"The game's big lie is that the rules of golf are simple. The actual fact is that they are complex and confusing, which is why millions of earnest amateurs unwittingly violate them every time they play. PGA Tour official Mark Russell is one of golf's best at making complicated rules decisions clear and understandable to the best players in the world, and now he's presenting his common sense approach in plain drawings and plainer English. If you want to truly understand the rules and confidently play by them, read this book."
— Jaime Diaz, Sport Illustrated

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062736680
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 523,810
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Russell is a former golf teacher and director of golf at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Since 1983, Russell has been a rules official for the PGA TOUR.

John Andrisani is a former editor of Golf Magazine and author of several best-selling books with the world's top PGA TOUR players and golf instructors.

Jeff Blanton is a freelance photographer whose work has appeared in popular golf magazines and books by renowned golf professionals and teachers.

John Andrisani is the author of The Hogan Way and The Bobby Jones Way. He has also written books with top teachers and tour players and he contributes instruction to various golf and other popular magazines. Andrisani, a low-handicap golfer, is a former course record holder and winner of the World Golf Writers' Championship. He lives in Sarasota, Florida.

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Introduction


Looking back, much has changed dramatically in the golf world, particularly over the last two decades—except one thing: Average golfers didn't know the rules then, and they don't know them now.

Some of you high handicappers might think I'm referring to you alone.I'm not.When it comes to naiveté about the rules, golfers who play at all handicap levels—novices and veteran players alike—lack a full understanding of how to proceed correctly on the course.

There's no need to feel embarrassed about not being a rules expert.The rules, as laid down by the USGA and R & A, in The Rules of Golf, are extremely detailed and precise.That's because this booklet is designed to handle the numerous situations that can and do arise during a round of golf.

Golf Rules Plain & Simple, the book you are about to read, is not complex, yet it will teach you a lot about the rules.This book is short and simple, yet so informative that it will help you learn the correct procedures for dealing with such course situations as those that follow: lateral water, an embedded ball, touching the line of a putt with a club, removing a loose impediment from a bunker, and waiting too long for a putt to drop into the hole.After reading Golf Rules Plain & Simple, you will know how to handle these situations, and many others, qiuckly and correctly. The knowledge you gain will help you solve many rules problems during your Saturday and Sunday game.

Golf is a game played over approximately 150 acres of land and under all types of conditions. The rules are the same for all players, whether they are amateurscompeting in a weekend Nassau game, or professionals competing for millions in prize money. The trouble is, when people start playing golf they are concerned about their swing technique, not the rules that govern the game.It is not until they become proficient enough at golf to compete in club tournaments that they have to deal with the rules. Many golfers would like to play by the rules, but the majority of them do not even know the basics or how to apply them.

Golf Rules Plain & Simple was purposely designed to be golfer-friendly, in order that enthusiasts like yourself either learn the rules or be able to reference them easily.

In this book, I—and my coauthor John Andrisani—cite, thirty-seven rules situations that all golfers deal with frequently, then explain each simply.We even list the exact place in The Rules of Golf where these situations can be found.By making this presentation, we hope to help golfers use the rules book and make them familiar with the most fun way to play the game of golf, which is by the rules.

Also included in Golf Rules Plain & Simple are "buzz-pharses" at the end of each rule, which will help those you who just breeze through the book to pick up some important procedural pointers.Additionally, I have marked five Rule Situations—numbers 18,21,32,34, and 36—with an asterisk.Learn only these and you'll be known as the rules expert of your weekend foursome.

If you think back over the years you've played golf, and recall the frustration experienced when dealing with rule procedures on the course, you will want to read this book and recommend it to other players.If you do, golf will bea better game.

The contents and interpretations in this book are solelybased on my own opinions on The Rules of Golf.

Mark Russell
Orlando, Florida


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