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The 7 Most Absurd Rules in Golf

There are more than 600 pages in the official rules of golf. We found the seven weirdest, most random ones you’ve never heard before.

Released on 6/30/2015

Transcript

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[Narrator] There are over 600 pages in the
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Decisions on the Rules of Golf.
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Here are seven of the most obscure rules we found.
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You will incur a one stroke penalty if you strike yourself
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with your own ball.
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You cannot artificially warm a ball during a round.
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You can wrap your leg in a towel if you're near a cactus,
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but you can't wrap the cactus in a towel.
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If the ball lands near a dangerous looking snake,
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you can take relief without penalty.
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If the snake is dead you can remove it,
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provided you don't move your ball.
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You may not listen to music while you play,
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as it may remove distractions and improve your tempo.
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The penalty, disqualification.
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You could only remove a ball from a hole
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made by a burrowing animal,
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such as a gopher, meerkat, or rabbit.
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Dogs and bears don't count.
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(screams)
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If your ball is lodged in an orange, you cannot remove it
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without incurring a penalty.
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(screams)
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Uh, yeah? Okay.
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