Tip Talk
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I have been having trouble determining the correct distance for each of the clubs in my bag, so I thought I would try rigging up a little reminder.  I took an old lanyard and plastic case, from a conference I attended, and then I put a list of my average distances in it and sealed it off using its little zip-lock feature.

Every time I’m not sure of the club I should use for the distance showing on my GPS watch or from a sprinkler head, I simply look at this little distance reminder list and, voilà, pull out the club I specifically need.

If the list I created on my computer isn’t quite correct, I simply adjust it and print out a new list, cut it to the size of a credit card, and slip it into my little plastic case.

To keep the lanyard and case from blocking my line of vision to the ball, when making a shot, I slip it inside my shirt and only pull it out when I need to use it for reference.

Definition Talk

*”A player has “addressed the ball” when he has grounded his club immediately in front of or immediately behind the ball, whether or not he has taken his stance.”

Rule Talk

Ball Lost or Out of Bounds; Provisional Ball

*”RULE 27-1. Stroke and Distance; Ball Out of Bounds; Ball Not Found Within Five Minutes

a. Proceeding Under Stroke and Distance

At any time, a player may, under penalty of one stroke, play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5), i.e., proceed under penalty of stroke and distance.

Except as otherwise provided in the Rules, if a player makes a stroke at a ball from the spot at which the original ball was last played, he is deemed to have proceeded under penalty of stroke and distance.

b. Ball Out of Bounds

If a ball is out of bounds, the player must play a ball, under penalty of one stroke, as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5).

c. Ball Not Found Within Five Minutes

If a ball is lost as a result of not being found or identified as his by the player within five minutes after the player’s side or his or their caddies have begun to search for it, the player must play a ball, under penalty of one stroke, as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5).

Exception: If it is known or virtually certain that the original ball, that has not been found, has been moved by an outside agency (Rule 18-1), is in an obstruction (Rule 24-3), is in an abnormal ground condition (Rule 25-1c) or is in a water hazard (Rule 26-1), the player may proceed under the applicable Rule.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 27-1:
Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.”
*Rules of Golf, January 2016

 

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