Rules of Golf Archived Stories

Below are links to Rules of Golf articles that have been written by our staff on a bi-monthly basis. These articles will serve as a great way to keep you up-to-date with new revisions to the Rules of Golf, as well as provide you with any unique rulings that might occur. We hope you find them interesting and beneficial!

If you have any interesting scenarios that you think should be covered in our articles, please email an FSGA tournament staff member with any and all details. Also, please email an FSGA tournament staff member with any questions you might have regarding rulings and the articles below.

7/1/18 - Phil Mickelson at the U.S. Open

6/15/18 - Ball Lost in Casual Water

6/1/18 - Florida's Challenging Summer Weather

5/15/18 - Playing From Wrong Set of Tees or Outside Teeing Ground

5/1/18 - Different Forms of Play

4/15/18 - Nearest, Not Nicest, Point of Relief

4/1/18 - Moving Objects While Ball is in Motion

3/15/18 - Preview to 2019 Modernized Rules

3/1/18 - More Penalties for Lexi

2/15/18 - Up in a Tree at Pebble Beach

2/1/18 - What is a Hard Card?

1/15/18 - Identifying & Hazard Issues

1/1/18 - Happy New Year!

12/15/17 - Farewell to Jack

12/1/17 - When is Practice on the Course Permitted?

11/15/17 - When do I Have to Re-Drop?

11/1/17 - Do I Have to Drop on the Path?

10/15/17 - What's the Proper Way to Mark the Position of Your Ball?

10/1/17 - How do the Rules Handle Hurricane Damage?

9/15/17 - Scramble Rules

9/1/17 - Can I Drop on My Line of Flight?

8/15/17 - Who Needs Tee Markers?

8/1/17 - Water Hazards; What are My Options?

7/15/17 - One of Golf's Rarest Rulings

7/1/17 - Do I Re-Drop

6/15/17 - Summer in Florida: The Story of Casual Water

6/1/17 - No Statute of Limitations

5/15/17 - Where Should I Drop?

5/1/17 - The USGA's New Decision

4/15/17 - Lexi Thompson Ruling

4/1/17 - What's All of the Hype about Dropping in the New Proposed Rules?

3/15/17 - Proposed New Rules: Where do We Start?

3/1/17 - Straddling the Line of Putt

2/15/17 - Accidental Movement of a Ball on a Putting Green

2/1/17 - Drop Areas, Ball Drops and Drop Zones

1/15/17 - "Hey, your ball hit my ball!"

1/1/17 - Happy New Year! (and less penalties)

12/15/16 - Can Santa Help Us with the Rules?

12/1/16 - In What Order do I Hit a Provisional Ball?

11/15/16 - "My ball won't stay put when I set it down?"

11/1/16 - Do You Own a Rule Book?

10/15/16 - How to Properly Mark the Position of Your Ball

10/1/16 - My Ball is in a Red Water Hazard Next to a Cart Path

9/15/16 - Get off to a Good Start on the Teeing Ground

9/1/16 - "The Rules of Golf's Exception to the Exception"

8/15/16 - How do I Take Relief from a Cart Path?

8/1/16 - My Ball Went into a Red Water Hazard - Two Club-Lengths Right?

7/15/16 - Sometimes, you just need to draw a line!

7/1/16 - DJ Ruling and How We got to Where We are Today

6/15/16 - "It's in the Hole!"

6/1/16 - Power Lines

5/15/16 - Sandhill Cranes can Sure Make a Mess of a Golf Course

5/1/16 - Is a Flower Bed Ground Under Repair?

4/15/16 - "Hey, the Wind Moved my Ball!"

4/1/16 - What do You Need to do Before Starting?

3/1/16 - What's the Nearest Point of Relief?

2/15/16 - The Wind and My Ball: A Moving Story

2/1/16 - Was it a Stroke or Not?

1/15/16 - New to the Rules Game; Start with the Basics

1/1/16 - "Can you leave your ball right where it is please?"

12/15/15 - Oops! Too Many Clubs

12/1/15 - Anchoring the Club; Happy New Year?

11/1/15 - 2016 Rule Changes

10/15/15 - All Kinds of Things Happening

10/1/15 - How About Playing Some of the Rules Some of the Time

9/15/15 - How do You Know if That's Your Ball?

9/1/15 - Is My Ball in There?

8/15/15 - Why Can't I Use a Different Ball

8/1/15 - Sprinkler Heads Close to the Green

7/15/15 - What's a Bulkhead?

7/1/15 - Lost Ball; Is it Always a Bad Thing?

6/15/15 - Is it In or Out?

6/1/15 - That's Not Fair

5/1/15 - When Nearer the Hole is OK

4/15/15 - What's the Buzz all About?

4/1/15 - "Hey, the wind moved my ball!"

3/15/15 - Not Nearer the Hole

3/1/15 - Sharing a Golf Cart

2/15/15 - The Proper Way to Mark the Position of Your Ball

2/1/15 - Thousand Point Gorilla in the Room!

1/15/15 - Your ball may be in the way. Can you please move it?

1/1/15 - "One of Golf's Stranger Rules"

12/15/14 - Who's Away?

12/1/14 - One-Club Length or Two?

11/15/14 - The Most Broken Rule in Golf: How to Properly Drop a Ball (Rule 20-2a)

11/1/14 - Unfortunate Ernie

10/15/14 - Loose Impediments

10/1/14 - The Difference Between a Water Hazard Marked Yellow and One Marked Red

9/15/14 - Wrong Putting Green

9/1/14 - Confusing Ruling

8/15/14 - Bunker Etiquette

8/1/14 - My Three Wishes on the Rules of Golf

7/15/14 - When do I Re-Drop?

7/1/14 - Pace of Play Policies

6/15/14 - One Thing Leads to Another

6/1/14 - It's in the Hole

5/15/14 - Casual Water

5/1/14 - Rules and Recoveries

4/15/14 - Palm Trees and Golf Balls Don't Mix

4/1/14 - Ever Heard of the Decisions on the Rules of Golf?

3/15/14 - More on Provisional Balls

3/1/14 - Can I Drop it There?

2/15/14 - The Flagstick

2/1/14 - Can I Hit a Provisional Ball?

1/15/14 - "It's in the Hole"

1/1/14 - Learning the Rules

12/1/13 - Decisions on the Rules of Golf Changes

11/15/13 - "Quick, Move that Flagstick"

11/1/13 - Wake Up!

10/15/13 - Can We Do That?

10/1/13 - "What Happens When Someone or Something Moves My Ball?"

9/15/13 - "I Tried to Hit My Ball Out of the Water Hazard but Didn't Get it Out"

9/1/13 - In the Water Hazard or Lost Outside the Water Hazard: How can You Tell?

8/15/13 - What's so Different about Match Play?

8/1/13 - What do You do When Your Ball is in Casual Water?

7/15/13 - Can I Replace that Club?

7/1/13 - "Do I get relief for an embedded ball?"

6/15/13 - Caddie a.k.a. "Looper"

6/1/13 - What Do We Do?

5/15/13 - Sometimes You Have to Draw the Line Somewhere

5/1/13 - Want to Improve the Pace of Play?

4/15/13 - Sandhill Cranes Can Sure Make a Mess of a Golf Course!

4/1/13 - Play Suspended; Now What?

3/15/13 - Tiger's Ball Up a Tree

3/1/13 - "Do You Sell Hand Warmers?"

2/15/13 - Why Can't I Use a Different Ball?

1/15/13 - Did your ball hit mine... now what do we do?

1/1/13 - Unfortunate Ernie

12/15/12 - "I'll Hit a Provisional"

12/1/12 - Is My Ball in There?

11/15/12 - "From the Water Hazard, I Hit it Further into the Hazard"

11/1/12 - Why Won't They Let Us Play Through?

10/1/12 - Can I Replace that Club?

9/15/12 - Is it In or Out?

9/1/12 - Is it In or Out?

8/15/12 - How to Deal with Casual Water

7/15/12 - What's the Nearest Point of Relief?

7/1/12 - "I think your ball hit mine... now what do we do?"

6/15/12 - Bunker Etiquette

6/1/12 - Do I get Relief from these Holes on the Green?

5/15/12 - "Hey, that bird moved my ball!"


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