- 999 Questions on the Rules of Golf
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The 999 questions are tiered into three knowledge levels:
• 333 simple questions that every golfer should know (in green)
• 333 more difficult questions relevant to both casual golfers and Golf Club members (in blue)
• 333 advanced questions for those seeking to expand their knowledge of the Rules (in cerise)
For variety, the questions are further subdivided into three formats; true or false, open answer and multiple choice.
Below are sample questions of each format for each of the three sections. See how many you get right.
Information such as the position of hazards or the flagstick on a putting green, is advice. True or False?
Answer: False. Definition of Advice.
Note: Information on the Rules, distance or matters of public information such as the location of the flagstick on the putting green, is not advice.
In stroke play, Rose places her golf bag close to her line of putt so as to shield her ball from the wind while she putts. Does she incur a penalty?
Answer: Yes. Rose incurs a penalty of two strokes. Decision 1-2/2.
Note: A player must not take any action to influence the position or the movement of their ball.
Where on the course is a caddie or a player’s partner, permitted to stand immediately behind the player’s line of play?
A) On the tee.
B) Through the green.
C) On the putting green.
D) Nowhere on the course.
Answer: D) Nowhere on the course. Rule 14-2.
Note: A player must not allow his caddie, his partner or his partner’s caddie to position themselves on or close to, an extension of the line of play or the line of putt behind the ball.
A competitor that signs her card showing a handicap lower than she is entitled to is disqualified. True or False?
Answer: False. Rule 6-2.
Note: If she records a handicap higher than that to which she is entitled she is disqualified. In signing for a lower handicap her score stands but the Committee has to calculate her net score based on the handicap that she signs for.
In match play, a player accidentally touches his ball with his putter as he prepares to putt and the ball moves a fraction sideways. What is the penalty?
Answer: There is a penalty of one stroke. Rule 18-2a.
Note: If the ball leaves its position and comes to rest in any other place then the player is penalised one stroke and the ball must be replaced.
Which of the following is not a loose impediment?
A) A spider.
C) A small stone.
D) Animal dung.
Answer: B) Dew. Definition of Loose Impediments.
Note: Dew and frost are not loose impediments.
A player is entitled to place his clubs in a bunker when his ball lies in the same bunker. True or False?
Answer: True. Rule 13-4 Exception 1(b).
Note: The player may place his club(s) in a hazard providing nothing is done that constitutes testing the condition of the hazard or improves the lie of his ball.
During a stroke play round Ivor and his playing partners continually have to wait for the group in front to hole out. To kill some time while waiting for the green to clear, Ivor drops a plastic ball on the fairway and chips it several times around where his ball is at rest. What is the ruling?
Answer: Ivor incurs a penalty of two strokes. Decisions 7-2/2 and 7-2/4.
Note: A player must not make a practice stroke during play of a hole.
Which of the following statements is incorrect regarding a ball played from off the green?
A) The player incurs a penalty of two strokes if her ball hits the unattended flagstick in the hole.
B) The player incurs a penalty of loss of hole if her ball hits the flagstick held by her opponent.
C) The player incurs a penalty of two strokes if her ball hits her fellow competitor who is attending the flagstick.
D) The player incurs a penalty of two strokes if her ball hits the flagstick lying on the putting green beside the hole.
Answer: A) The player incurs a penalty of two strokes if her ball hits the unattended flagstick in the hole. Rule 17-3.
Note: Unless the player plays her ball from on the putting green or asks for the flagstick to be attended, there is no penalty for her ball hitting the flagstick.
My mission is that 999 Questions on the Rules of Golf will assist all golfers, whatever their level of ability, to enjoy their game more, improve their scores and help maintain the integrity of the wonderful game that is golf.
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