USGA Golf Rules Illustrated 2016: The Official Illustrated Guide to the Rules of Golf

USGA Golf Rules Illustrated 2016: The Official Illustrated Guide to the Rules of Golf

by United States Golf Association


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780600632078
Publisher: Octopus Books
Publication date: 02/09/2016
Edition description: Illustrate
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA's working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.

The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game's history and funds an ongoing "For the Good of the Game" grants program. Additionally, the USGA's Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 3

Principal Changes 4

How to Use the Rule Book 5

Section 1 Etiquette: Behaviour on the Course 6

Section 2 Definitions 10

Section 3 The Rules of Play 24

The Game

1 The Game 24

2 Match Play 27

3 Stroke Play 30

Clubs and the Ball

4 Clubs 34

5 The Ball 40

Player's Responsibilities

6 The Player 42

7 Practice 52

8 Advice; Indicating Line of Play 55

9 Information as to Strokes Taken 58

Order of Play

10 Order of Play 60

Teeing Ground

11 Teeing Ground 63

Playing the Ball

12 Searching For and Identifying Ball 66

13 Ball Played as it Lies 70

14 Striking the Ball 76

15 Substituted Ball; Wrong Ball 82

The Putting Green

16 The Putting Green 85

17 The Flagstick 90

Ball Moved, Deflected or Stopped

18 Ball at Rest Moved 94

19 Ball in Motion Deflected or Stopped 98

Relief Situations and Procedure

20 Lifting, Dropping and Placing; Playing from Wrong Place 102

21 Cleaning Ball 111

22 Ball Assisting or Interfering with Play 113

23 Loose Impediments 115

24 Obstructions 118

25 Abnormal Ground Conditions, Embedded Ball and Wrong Putting Green 127

26 Water Hazards (Including Lateral Water Hazards) 134

27 Ball Lost or Out of Bounds; Provisional Ball 140

28 Ball Unplayable 146

Other Forms of Play

29 Threesomes and Foursomes 149

30 Three-Ball, Best-Ball and Four-Ball Match Play 153

31 Four-Ball Stroke Play 157

32 Bogey, Par and Stableford Competitions 161


33 The Committee 163

34 Disputes and Decisions 167

Appendices: Contents 169

Appendix I Local Rules; Conditions of the Competition

Part A Local Rules 171

Part B Conditions of the Competition 180

Appendix II Design of Clubs 185

Appendix III The Ball ago

Appendix IV Devices and Other Equipment 191

Acknowledgments 192

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