Viewers as Rule Hawks are Bad for the Game

Two weekends ago, at the first LPGA major of the year, Lexi Thompson was penalized four strokes on Sunday for what happened on Saturday.  Specifically, she marked her ball on a green, but replaced it in a different spot and played from there.  A television viewer noticed this and emailed the PGA Tour the following dayContinue Reading

New Rules a Big Improvement

New Rules a Big Improvement

A few weeks ago, the USGA and R&A announced a new set of proposed rules scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2019.  After reviewing these proposals carefully, we are pleased to say that we think golfers — both recreational and pro — will love nearly all of these changes. Moving Balls Not aContinue Reading

Out of Bounds Easement? No way.

We received an email from Deborah S. who lives next to a golf course so that her backyard faces the course. The stray tee shot has often found its way into her yard. However, golfers have been increasingly driving into her yard looking for their ball, and when they find it they hit it. SheContinue Reading

When George Coetzee Lost His Head

At the 2015 US Open in Chambers Bay, George Coetzee pulled out his driver on the 11th tee and let it fly. And fly it did. While his ball flew down the left side of the fairway, the head of his driver snapped off and rolled about 40 yards ahead. Now we know that ifContinue Reading

John Huh and the Accidental Putter Strike

We would have bet money, real money, that once a ball is in play on a hole that anytime the club strikes a ball it would be counted as a stroke.  And we would have lost that money.  It goes to show you that even people who love the Rules of Golf have more toContinue Reading