Rules of Golf Archived Stories
Below are links to Rules of Golf articles that have been written by our staff on a bi-monthly basis. These articles will serve as a great way to keep you up-to-date with new revisions to the Rules of Golf, as well as provide you with any unique rulings that might occur. We hope you find them interesting and beneficial!
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7/1 - Recent Rulings
6/15 - Late to the Tee
6/1/21 - Palm Tree Moves A Ball
5/15/21 - Officiating the Walker Cup
4/15/21 - Hideki's Drop at the Masters
4/1/21 - Misconception about Provisionals
3/15/21 - Why Hovland Wasn't Disqualified
2/1/21 - Clubs
1/15/21 - Mistaken Concession
12/1/20 - More Recent Rulings
11/1/20 - Ruling at High School Final
10/15/20 - Strange Ruling at Mid-Amateur
10/1/20 - Quiz Question
9/15/20 - Temporary Water
9/1/20 - Rahm Wins Again Despite Penalty
8/1/20 - Jon Rahm at the Memorial
7/15/20 - Recent Rulings at Championships
7/1/20 - Local Rule Helps Phil Mickelson
6/15/20 - Ball Markers
6/1/20 - Interfering vs. Helping
5/15/20 - Tournaments During Reopening
4/15/20 - One Rule at a Time
3/15/20 - Don't Move That! - OB Stake
3/1/20 - Do I have to drop on the path?
2/15/20 - That's Not Your Ball
1/15/20 - A Year With the New Rules
11/15/19 - Don't Ruin Your Reputation
10/15/19 - Gathering Information
10/1/19 - Using Equipment on Course
9/15/19 - Northern Ireland Style
9/1/19 - What Can I Move?
8/15/19 - Recent Rulings
7/1/19 - Rulings from the 102nd Amateur
6/15/19 - Summer is here!
6/1/19 - Moving Natural Objects
5/15/19 - Our Rulings at Augusta National
5/1/19 - Ball Moved During Backswing
3/15/19 - Careful, Don't Damage the Hole
3/1/19 - My Putt Hit My Foot
2/15/19 - PGA Tour Cancels a Round
2/1/19 - Controversial Ruling in Dubai
1/14/19 - Double Hit & Test Scores
1/1/19 - New Rules Are In Effect
12/15/18 - Dropping Outside a Bunker
12/1/18 - Equipment
11/15/18 - Relaxed Putting Green Rules
11/1/18 - Speeding Up The Game
10/15/18 - 2019 Rules: The Course
10/1/18 - 2019 Rules: The Game & Player Conduct
9/15/18 - Match Play is Unique
9/1/18 - "Backstopping"
8/15/18 - Damaged Holes at the PGA Championship
8/1/18 - Where is the Line Drawn
7/1/18 - Phil Mickelson at the U.S. Open
6/15/18 - Ball Lost in Casual Water
6/1/18 - Florida's Challenging Summer Weather
5/1/18 - Different Forms of Play
4/15/18 - Nearest, Not Nicest, Point of Relief
3/15/18 - Preview to 2019 Modernized Rules
3/1/18 - More Penalties for Lexi
2/15/18 - Up in a Tree at Pebble Beach
2/1/18 - What is a Hard Card?
1/15/18 - Identifying & Hazard Issues
1/1/18 - Happy New Year!
12/15/17 - Farewell to Jack
11/15/17 - When do I Have to Re-Drop?
11/1/17 - Do I Have to Drop on the Path?
9/15/17 - Scramble Rules
9/1/17 - Can I Drop on My Line of Flight?
8/15/17 - Who Needs Tee Markers?
8/1/17 - Water Hazards; What are My Options?
7/15/17 - One of Golf's Rarest Rulings
7/1/17 - Do I Re-Drop
6/1/17 - No Statute of Limitations
5/15/17 - Where Should I Drop?
5/1/17 - The USGA's New Decision
4/15/17 - Lexi Thompson Ruling
3/15/17 - Proposed New Rules: Where do We Start?
3/1/17 - Straddling the Line of Putt
1/15/17 - "Hey, your ball hit my ball!"
1/1/17 - Happy New Year! (and less penalties)
12/15/16 - Can Santa Help Us with the Rules?
11/15/16 - "My ball won't stay put when I set it down?"
11/1/16 - Do You Own a Rule Book?
8/15/16 - How do I Take Relief from a Cart Path?
7/15/16 - Sometimes, you just need to draw a line!
6/15/16 - "It's in the Hole!"
6/1/16 - Power Lines
5/1/16 - Is a Flower Bed Ground Under Repair?
4/15/16 - "Hey, the Wind Moved my Ball!"
3/1/16 - What's the Nearest Point of Relief?
2/15/16 - The Wind and My Ball: A Moving Story
2/1/16 - Was it a Stroke or Not?
12/15/15 - Oops! Too Many Clubs
12/1/15 - Anchoring the Club; Happy New Year?
11/1/15 - 2016 Rule Changes
10/15/15 - All Kinds of Things Happening
9/15/15 - How do You Know if That's Your Ball?
9/1/15 - Is My Ball in There?
8/15/15 - Why Can't I Use a Different Ball
8/1/15 - Sprinkler Heads Close to the Green
7/15/15 - What's a Bulkhead?
7/1/15 - Lost Ball; Is it Always a Bad Thing?
6/15/15 - Is it In or Out?
6/1/15 - That's Not Fair
5/1/15 - When Nearer the Hole is OK
4/15/15 - What's the Buzz all About?
4/1/15 - "Hey, the wind moved my ball!"
3/15/15 - Not Nearer the Hole
3/1/15 - Sharing a Golf Cart
2/1/15 - Thousand Point Gorilla in the Room!
1/1/15 - "One of Golf's Stranger Rules"
12/15/14 - Who's Away?
12/1/14 - One-Club Length or Two?
11/1/14 - Unfortunate Ernie
10/15/14 - Loose Impediments
9/15/14 - Wrong Putting Green
9/1/14 - Confusing Ruling
8/15/14 - Bunker Etiquette
8/1/14 - My Three Wishes on the Rules of Golf
7/15/14 - When do I Re-Drop?
7/1/14 - Pace of Play Policies
6/15/14 - One Thing Leads to Another
6/1/14 - It's in the Hole
5/15/14 - Casual Water
5/1/14 - Rules and Recoveries
4/15/14 - Palm Trees and Golf Balls Don't Mix
3/15/14 - More on Provisional Balls
3/1/14 - Can I Drop it There?
2/15/14 - The Flagstick
2/1/14 - Can I Hit a Provisional Ball?
1/15/14 - "It's in the Hole"
1/1/14 - Learning the Rules
12/1/13 - Decisions on the Rules of Golf Changes
11/15/13 - "Quick, Move that Flagstick"
11/1/13 - Wake Up!
10/15/13 - Can We Do That?
8/15/13 - What's so Different about Match Play?
7/15/13 - Can I Replace that Club?
6/15/13 - Caddie a.k.a. "Looper"
6/1/13 - What Do We Do?
5/1/13 - Want to Improve the Pace of Play?
4/1/13 - Play Suspended; Now What?
3/15/13 - Tiger's Ball Up a Tree
3/1/13 - "Do You Sell Hand Warmers?"
2/15/13 - Why Can't I Use a Different Ball?
1/1/13 - Unfortunate Ernie
12/15/12 - "I'll Hit a Provisional"
12/1/12 - Is My Ball in There?
11/1/12 - Why Won't They Let Us Play Through?
10/1/12 - Can I Replace that Club?
9/15/12 - Is it In or Out?
9/1/12 - Is it In or Out?
8/15/12 - How to Deal with Casual Water
7/15/12 - What's the Nearest Point of Relief?
6/15/12 - Bunker Etiquette
5/15/12 - "Hey, that bird moved my ball!"