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The Most Misunderstood Rules in Golf

In golf, we love to boast about how we govern ourselves. But what happens when no one in your group knows the rules? Golf Digest breaks down the most misunderstood rules in golf for you.

Released on 5/11/2016

Transcript

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(upbeat, funky music)
00:05
(club taps ball)
00:06
(swooshing)
00:08
[Narrator] If you knock the ball off the tee when
00:09
addressing it, the stroke counts.
00:12
So long as you weren't making a stroke,
00:15
just re-tee the ball.
00:16
You still haven't played your first shot.
00:18
(club swings)
00:20
If you hit a shot you know is in a water hazard,
00:22
(ball splashing into water)
00:23
you can hit a provisional ball.
00:26
Your only options are to play the ball as it lies,
00:29
or take a penalty and proceed under the water-hazard rules.
00:32
(swooshing)
00:35
(slapping)
00:37
You can intentionally stand behind your partner's
00:39
putting line as he or she makes a stroke,
00:41
especially in scrambles.
00:44
(player groans)
00:47
You can't intentionally stand on or near a spot
00:50
behind your partner's line of putt.
00:52
(ball hits head) (player shouts)
00:53
But you can look at your partner's putt
00:54
from the other side of the hole, at your own risk.
00:57
(upbeat music)
01:00
(club swings)
01:03
(player groans)
01:04
(ball hits stake)
01:06
You can remove an out-of-bounds stake,
01:08
or take relief from any course boundary,
01:10
if it interferes with your next shot.
01:13
(upbeat music)
01:14
(feet shuffling)
01:20
Things defining course boundaries are deemed to be fixed.
01:23
You can't take relief without a penalty.
01:26
(upbeat music)
01:31
(stakes clatter)
01:33
(moist sound)
01:35
(swooshing)
01:38
(glass tinkles)
01:41
Stakes marking water hazards, red or yellow,
01:44
can be removed if they interfere with
01:45
your stance, ball, or swing.
01:47
(whooshing) (clicking)
01:50
(swooshing)
01:51
(squealing)
01:53
A golfer who is off the green must play a shot
01:56
before any golfer who is on the green.
01:59
(upbeat music)
02:04
(club hits ball)
02:06
(ball drops into hole)
02:08
During play of a hole, the ball farthest from the hole
02:11
plays first, no matter where it's located.
02:14
(upbeat music)
02:16
(club swings)
02:17
(ball drops in hole)
02:19
(swooshing)
02:20
(upbeat music)
02:22
(camera shutter clicks)
02:25
(whooshing)
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