Basic Rules

Basic Rules & Etiquette Of Match Play

 

To preserve the traditions of the game of golf, we should practice good golf etiquette before, during and after our round of golf.  Your behavior will have an effect on everyone around you.

Slow play affects everyone playing behind you.  A conscious effort to play your round at a good pace will make the game of golf more enjoyable for everyone.  

1-Put an identification mark on your ball.  If you cannot identify it as yours, it’s lost.  If your ball becomes unfit for play during play of a hole, you may replace it, without penalty, while playing the hole or between holes.

2-  Count your clubs.  No more than 14.  A deduction of one hole for each hole at which a breach occurred:  maximum deduction per round:  2 holes.

3-  Don’t ask for advice from anyone except your partner or give advice to anyone other than your partner.  Loss of hole.

4-  During a hole you may practice swing but not play a practice stroke.  Between holes you may practice chip or putt on or near putting green of the last hole played or the tee of the next hole but not from a hazard.  Loss of hole.

5- Make sure you are starting within the tee-off markers.  In match play there is no penalty but your opponent may require you to replay the stroke.

6- Wait for your turn to play.  The host team has the honor.   After that, it is the team who won the last hole to tee off first.

7- Don’t finish your ball before its your turn to play

8- You have 40 seconds to play your shot; slow play can result in a penalty

9- If you have to move your ball off the fringe of the green, take it between your thumb and index without washing it and replace it the same way.

10- You can play a provisionary ball, if necessary, but you have to advise the other players.

11- If in doubt with a ruling, ask your partners instead of making a costly error

12-If your ball lies in a bunker or a water hazard, don’t touch the ground in the bunker or the ground or water in the water hazard with your hand or club before your downswing.  Loss of hole

13- Water hazards (are defined by yellow stakes or lines) , you have 3 options.  A)play the ball where it lies without penalty.  B) Use the stroke and distance option by playing your next stroke from the spot where the original ball was last played, penalty one stroke.  C) Drop a ball behind the  the hazard along a line formed by the hole and the point where the ball last entered the hazard, penalty one stroke.

14-  Lateral Water hazards, (is a hazard or part of a water hazard so situated that it is not possible or is impracticable to drop a ball behind the water hazard, they are defined by red stakes or lines))  you have 4 options:  A) play the ball where it lies without penalty.  B) Use the stroke and distance option by playing your next stroke from the spot where the original ball was last played, penalty one stroke.  C) Drop a ball behind the hazard along a line formed by the hole and the point where the ball last entered the hazard, penalty one stroke  D) Drop within 2 club-lengths, no nearer the hole, one stroke penalty .

15-If your club strikes the ball more than once in a single stroke, count the stroke and add a penalty stroke.

16- In a match play, if you play a wrong ball (except in a hazard) you lose the hole.

17 On a putting green,  don’t test the surface by scraping it or rolling a ball.  Loss of hole.

18-Your ball played from the putting green is not permitted to strike the flagstick.  Loss of hole

17-In match play your opponent may concede your next stroke

19- Range finders are permitted, but no Cell Phones, or texting, only on an emergency  PLEASE…

20- Never move your ball with a club

21- Be sure to follow the Club specific rules, (summer rules vs winter rules, etc. etc.)

22- You have to give your final score the moment your match has ended.

23- When the match is finished, win or loose, you have to stop playing

For more rules go to USGA website

See video below how quickly you may add 4 Strokes to your score.

#1 = the putt
#2 = the hit with the dropped putter  
#3 & 4 = the 2 shot penalty for the ball hitting his elbow.

You may add 4 strokes