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The 7 Most Misunderstood Rules in Golf

Golf Digest will attempt to once again enlighten the average golfer on the correct golf rules and those that are purely myth! Wardrobe provided by: Adidas, www.adidas.com Bonobos Golf, https://bonobos.com/shop/golf

Released on 11/3/2016

Transcript

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[Narrator] Myth: A ball that has been scuffed up
00:06
by a paved cart path or similar can be replaced
00:08
during the play of a hole.
00:10
Fact: The ball would have to be visibly cut,
00:13
cracked, or out of shape to be replaced
00:16
during the play of the hole.
00:17
Otherwise you can replace the ball
00:20
after the hole is finished.
00:23
Myth: If you find a golf club on the course
00:26
and stick it in your bag during the round,
00:28
and you've already got 14 clubs in your bag,
00:31
you've violated the 14-Club Rule.
00:36
Fact: If you have 14 clubs in your bag, find another,
00:41
and decide to use it, it's a penalty.
00:43
Otherwise, no penalty for being a good Samaritan or a thief.
00:49
Myth: You can never ask an opponent or fellow competitor
00:53
what club they used to hit a shot.
00:57
Fact: So long as you're not using the information
01:00
to determine how you will play your next stroke,
01:03
it's not a penalty.
01:05
Just remember to say thanks.
01:07
Myth: If a flagstick is placed on the ground
01:10
and someone hits a putt, you have to leave
01:12
the flagstick there until the ball stops moving.
01:19
Fact: Even if a ball is in motion,
01:21
a flagstick can be moved, especially if done
01:23
to avoid being struck by the ball,
01:26
which is a two-shot penalty in stroke play,
01:28
or loss of hole in match play.
01:32
Go ahead and dive for it.
01:37
Myth: You can hole a short putt
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by using your putter like a pool cue.
01:50
Fact: Hitting a ball in this manner is considered a push.
01:53
In match play, you'd lose the hole, and in stroke play,
01:56
add a two-shot penalty to your score and count the stroke.
02:02
Nice try, Minnesota Fats.
02:05
Myth: If you hit a put that deflects off a bird
02:08
into the hole, congratulations, you just made the putt.
02:14
Fact: Unless the ball was deflected by a worm,
02:17
an insect, or the like, the stroke is cancelled
02:20
and must be replayed.
02:24
Remember, birds bad, bugs good.
02:37
Myth: You can't ask your opponent
02:39
for yardage information during a match.
02:50
(screams loudly)
02:54
Fact: Asking for points of general information about a hole,
02:57
including the location of hazards
02:59
and flagsticks, is permissible.
03:01
Just don't ask to borrow money.
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(roaring lion)
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(screams loudly)
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