In golf, as in law, ignorance is no excuse. Inadvertently lifting a ball without permission, or removing a certain type of obstruction, will lead to penalty strokes - and possibly mean the difference between victory and defeat. The rules of golf, however, have been formulated by the game's governing bodies not simply to penalise, but to ensure orderly play, resolve disputes, and answer a host of questions about various likely scenarios. Following an extended introduction which features points of etiquette, equipment, useful definitions and the rules of play, 'The Golf Rules Problem Solver' outlines the rules in an easy-to-follow, compact form. Questions answered include: What is or is not permissable on the putting green? What are the rules concerning a lost ball? What constitutes an 'outside agency'? 'Pro Tips' relating to each rule explain what steps to take to avoid breaching the rules and in particular how to use the rules to your best advantage. A Problem Solver section at the rear of the book revisits the rules, poses a series of common scenarios for the golfer, and offers practical solutions that will save the player strokes.
Illustrated with more than 50 colour photographs, and produced in handy-sized format, this book is the essential companion to playing the game.
Steve Newell is instruction editor for 'Golf World', Europe's premier golfing magazine. His job takes him around the world in the company of some of the world's greatest golfers. Steve is the author of a number of books including 'How to Build a Classic Golf Swing' with Ernie Els and '50 Greatest Golf Lessons of the Century' with John Jacobs. He lives in Radlett, Herts