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  1. Lightbulb furyk-like putter grip

    Jim Furyk has had success using an upside down putter grip. Is there anything in the rules saying you could not turn the grip where the flat side is in the palm of the lead hand. I have been trying it and it seems comfortable to where I would consider taking it to the course. Thanks in...

    Started by jens‎, 12-11-2011 02:16 PM
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  2. Smartphone apps

    In all probability, use of the GPS app would be contrary to the Rules of golf due to other apps and/or software installed on the device (such as level indication).

    Started by adanac‎, 11-22-2011 12:21 PM
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  3. Checking in other palyer's bag

    What's the rule if you check in a competitor's bag to see what he just hit on a par 3 ? Penalty of stroke?

    Started by strong49‎, 10-26-2011 07:42 AM
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  4. Bunker full of water, only relief closer to the hole?

    I was playing the other day in the rain. I hit into a par 3 greenside sand trap. When I got there the ball was in casual water. The entire rear portion of the bunker was full of water, the only way to play the ball and stay in the bunker was to move the ball closer to the hole, about 5 feet...

    Started by Rusty‎, 05-17-2011 10:59 PM
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    10-13-2011 09:45 AM Go to last post
  5. Cart path drop ruling in a scramble

    In a scramble, players generally get to place their ball within one club length (no nearer the hole) from where it comes to rest. The situation I'm wondering about: Cart path down the the left side of a hole with woods immediately to the right of the cart path. The ball comes to rest on the...

    Started by mjf‎, 09-26-2011 04:24 PM
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    09-28-2011 09:11 AM Go to last post
  6. Kuchar and an Immoveable Obstruction

    Those who watched Saturday's golf action saw Matt Kuchar trying to get relief from an immovable obstruction on the 16th hole. His ball was against a rock wall which was declared an integral part of the course. But, when taking a stance his left foot was on an irrigation pipe, which is an...

    Started by BC MIST‎, 09-04-2011 02:44 PM
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  7. Complete relief (cart path)

    Tee shot is hit to the right, comes to rest on the cart path (right edge of it.) Player can't hit his ball because it's on the cart path, so he needs relief. Player marks his ball and takes a drop at the nearest point of relief which is a couple of feet right of the cart path. Before...

    Started by nokids‎, 09-01-2011 08:11 AM
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    09-04-2011 12:42 PM Go to last post
  8. drop from yellow stakes

    Can someone clear this up for me - where to drop red stakes drop is 2 clubs from point of entry yellow stakes is point of entry behind hazard and in line with hole at coden on hole 10 and 18 the two ponds inbetween are yellow staked if you hit into pond do you have to go behind pond i have...

    Started by hacker1‎, 08-08-2010 08:25 PM
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    08-25-2011 08:51 AM Go to last post
  9. handicapping from different tees

    I am unclear on how handicaps are calculated and was looking for an "Idiot's guide to Handicapping" . How does playing from different tee boxes affect your index? Is a 10hdcp for a player who plays from the whites the same as a 10 from a player who plays from the tips? If they play a match...

    Started by khali127‎, 08-18-2011 11:43 AM
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    08-20-2011 06:18 AM Go to last post
  10. Red face Question for Sun Scramble

    Will be playing in this event this year but my game lately is in real bad shape. My question is when I address my ball and I am about to start my swing can my playing partner stand behind me and tell me my aim is off and witch way to change it. Really helped me on the weekend but we do not know if...

    Started by Bouboude‎, 07-27-2011 04:37 PM
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    08-16-2011 09:20 PM Go to last post
  11. lost found ball

    This is probably an easy ruling but it happened to me today and I ended up playing two balls until I got a ruling after the round. Im on a slope and cant see the green and i hit my shot, my f.c. says great shot. i go to find the ball and do not see it after a quick scan (2minutes). So i tell...

    Started by nokids‎, 08-14-2011 07:36 PM
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    08-16-2011 09:39 AM Go to last post
  12. Shared Green - Hole out on Wrong Hole

    Came close to pulling this off, was wondering what my next play would have been: - In the front bunker on #18 at Marshes, picked it clean and ball flew and landed on the green, 3 feet from the hole for #9, or ~150 feet from the fole for #18. Whats the next play if I would have drained it on...

    Started by Cruban‎, 08-10-2011 12:03 PM
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    08-15-2011 10:43 AM Go to last post
  13. Switching Ball Type

    What is the rule (or non-rule) about switching type of ball during a round? If a player starts with one type of ball and completes the hole can they then switch to a different type of ball for each hole, or switch back and forth between ball types? For example, playing a distance ball on par 5s and...

    Started by mgedit‎, 08-04-2011 08:30 PM
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    08-04-2011 08:32 PM Go to last post
  14. Who's next?

    Ok, this is not a rules question, but is an etiquette question. A funny situation happened today. My son and I were playing the whites, and my wife was playing the reds. I teed off first, and sent my ball well into the fairway. Then my son teed up and topped it and it rolled only a few...

    Started by triple-bogey‎, 07-01-2011 06:44 PM
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    08-04-2011 08:08 PM Go to last post
  15. taking a stance

    there was a discussion about what you can do when taking a stance 2 days ago and now I am confused- 2 member told me that it was ok to back into a bush or small tree and bend it back so you could take your stance- since they said they were allowed to take a stance- i always thought that you could...

    Started by middave‎, 08-03-2011 06:51 AM
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    08-03-2011 05:04 PM Go to last post
  16. Senior tees.

    I have a question for Gerry or Lyle, Our course(Buckingham) has put up a notice about senior tees when playing tournements that you must be 70 years old to play from there. Do yo think this is a local rulling or is this normal for all tournements in the valley. Thanks guys

    Started by Marcos‎, 07-27-2011 07:49 AM
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  17. When an ace becomes a birdie

    I'm surprised there haven't been any comments here about junior Connor Klein being assesed a one stroke penalty for slow play after holing out in one at the US Junior Amateur. If there's ever a PSA for slow play, this would be it.

    Started by LobWedge‎, 07-21-2011 02:11 PM
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    07-27-2011 07:10 AM Go to last post
  18. Removing stone pebbles in bunker

    I was playing with my buddy and he was in a bunker and started removing tiny stone pebbles from behind his ball. I told him he couldn't do that, but he said he saw Stewart Cink doing it awhile back and that it was Ok. Can you remove loose impediments from a sand bunker? This was not a waste...

    Started by poppadon56‎, 07-13-2011 05:49 PM
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    07-20-2011 11:08 AM Go to last post
  19. moved

    Move or Moved: A ball is deemed to have "moved" if it leaves its position and comes to rest in any other place. so, when you ground your club in the rough and the ball leans one way a tiny bit as the grass bends, just to go back where it was when the grass unbends after you lift your club...

    Started by Wknd_Warrior‎, 07-13-2011 12:23 AM
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    07-13-2011 03:58 AM Go to last post
  20. Grounding club

    QUESTION, if your in a grass hazard to what extent is your club considered grounding. if there is alot of grass you would have to i believe be touching ground before you incur a penalty. if there is alot of grass you almost can't groung your club, is this correct.

    Started by tyorke1‎, 07-09-2011 06:09 PM
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  21. Man vs Woman Handicaping

    I believe the handicap calculation for male/female stroke play is the handicap for the course plus or minus the difference in the course rating for the different tees. Can this also be used in match play? If so, is any adjustment made for a hole which is a men's par 4, lady's par 5?

    Started by Martin B‎, 07-06-2011 03:51 PM
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    07-06-2011 05:26 PM Go to last post
  22. Scramble- ball hitting partner's ball on putting green

    We were playing in a two-man team scramble. My partner did not mark his ball and when I putted, I hit his ball. Is there a penalty?

    Started by artfontanill‎, 07-02-2011 07:07 AM
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    07-02-2011 08:30 AM Go to last post
  23. Ball hitting and moving another ball not on green

    When a ball hits and moves another ball that is not on the green, would I replace my ball where I thought it should be or play it where it now lies?

    Started by poppadon56‎, 07-01-2011 04:11 PM
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    07-02-2011 03:33 AM Go to last post
  24. Casual water in next fairway over

    Can you take releif? I don't know but Im guessing it's not considered "through the green" even though you are in "a" fairway.

    Started by Wknd_Warrior‎, 06-30-2011 01:30 AM
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  25. Illegal use of equipment

    Here's a golf story i heard and would like clarification if anyone can help... two guys are playing in a match play game. they arrive at a par 3 hole. player 1 selects his club and goes to the teeing ground. As it is a par 3, he looks around the tee deck and finds a broken tee (like many of...

    Started by Coreythebody‎, 06-20-2011 08:45 AM
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    06-30-2011 06:38 PM Go to last post
  26. Question True or False

    When taking relief from a lateral water hazard, a ball can roll up to 2 clublengths beyond the original two clublengths measured for relief and still be in play? True or False? :-)

    Started by LobWedge‎, 06-20-2011 03:41 PM
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    06-23-2011 08:22 AM Go to last post
  27. Question What score to put in (played 17 holes)?

    Hello everyone, just a quick question about posting a score for handicap purposes. I started playing golf last year and decided I wanted to track my handicap with Golf Canada (this year). I don't have a handicap yet since I haven't entered enough rounds in. I played Chateau Cartier monday and...

    Started by BizFromQC‎, 06-22-2011 07:46 AM
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  28. Tee it up again?

    On a short par 4, I topped my ball and it rolls 20 yards forward into some deep rough. I'm right handed and the ball is up against a tree, so I would have to hit this ball left handed. Knowing that this shot is pretty much impossible, I elect to declare the ball unplayable, I walk back to the tee, ...

    Started by nokids‎, 06-20-2011 09:08 AM
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  29. Question When is a hole in one, not...

    Heard an interesting story today from my regular golf partner. He was playing at a local course. He was a single so he was paired up with a dad and his daughter. They all hit their tee shots on a par 3. The dad's went over the green while the other two, daughter and my buddy, went to a part of...

    Started by Kiwi‎, 06-17-2011 08:44 PM
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  30. 2 balls touching in a bunker

    I think I know the procedure: closest ball is removed, furthest away hits, recreates the lie, and the closer ball is replaced as close as possible to its original location, and played, I just wanted to double check.

    Started by Sakuraba‎, 06-10-2011 11:31 AM
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  31. Standing Water

    Me and a buddy had an argument about the standing water rule. He said the water has to be pooled around your ball. I said if you step your foot next to the ball and it pools, then it is still standing water. Who is right?

    Started by sandbagger‎, 06-16-2011 03:28 PM
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  32. Wink How Many Strokes

    Dave hits his tee shot right, in to a stand of trees. He declares to his FC that he will play a provisional ball, and hits it to the right as well. Dave, in his frustration, grabs a third ball from his bag, and without declaring it to be a provisional ball, hits it straight down the middle in the...

    Started by LobWedge‎, 06-10-2011 05:16 PM
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    06-12-2011 11:59 AM Go to last post
  33. RCGA Handicap Question

    Hey wondering if anyone could give me a link or let me know an answer to this question. I am looking to sign up for an OVGA event, but I am not sure what level I am eligble to play in. What handicap factors make up and "A" class golfer, "B" class golfer and "C" class golfer. Thanks.

    Started by Cowan‎, 06-06-2011 04:13 PM
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  34. Free Rules Clinic - Date

    Gerry and I have decided that we will be holding our rules clinic on Wednesday, May 25, starting at 6:30. We understand that this date/time may not suit everyone who indicated that they would like to attend, but we hope that as many as possible can. Having conducted this clinic previously, we...

    Started by BC MIST‎, 04-27-2011 07:13 PM
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  35. Playing with laser before putting

    I was messing around on the practice putting green today with one of those lasers you buy at the dollar store, and I had a question. If during a round I took out my little laser toy and scanned the green with my red dot before putting, is it illegal and if so, what rule is it a violation of? I...

    Started by nokids‎, 05-27-2011 10:04 PM
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  36. Rained out - can I finish the round another day?

    Yesterday, I had just holed a birdie after knocking a PW to 8 feet on the 151 yard par 3 to bring me down to +2 through 11 holes. Then... the downpour began. :hissyfit: Previously my best round was a 77 so this was possibly going to be my best round ever yesterday. Can I go back another day...

    Started by Husband‎, 05-23-2011 08:23 AM
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  37. Switch tee boxes during round

    I was trying to find an answer to this online but couldn't. Can one switch tee boxes during a round? Yesterday at Metcalfe on the second hole my driver made a weird sound when hitting the ball, noticed that the shaft had a wicked crack in it. I was playing the back tees, and wondered if I could...

    Started by infinity13‎, 05-23-2011 08:50 AM
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  38. Drainage Ditch

    How do you treat water in a drainage ditch that is not posted as a water hazard? There are a number of such ditches that are bone dry about 80% or 90% of the time, but will have water during rainy spells. One of my friends says it's not a hazard (because it's not posted), but you don't get...

    Started by Martin B‎, 05-22-2011 04:00 PM
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    05-23-2011 05:28 AM Go to last post
  39. Round Delayed - Change of Clubs

    The third round of The Players was delayed yesterday to be completed this morning. My understanding is that since this remains a stipulated round, the players must continue to use the same clubs with which they began that round. Is that so?

    Started by mpare‎, 05-15-2011 11:17 AM
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  40. 9 hole rounds

    I am wondering how posting 9 hole rounds for handicap purposes makes sense. Most courses have 9 hole ratings and enable someone to post a 9 hole score.... what I don't understand is how this woulnd't skew someone's handicap a lot lower than it should be. For example if the course rating for 18...

    Started by Bone‎, 05-12-2011 11:06 AM
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    05-12-2011 11:24 AM Go to last post
  41. cart paths

    hey guy's need a little help on this, what would the ruling be for this. tee shot puts ball right side of cart path, on grass, to hit ball forward, you would need to be standing on cart path, would you get relief due to having to stand on cart path? thank you

    Started by 3wood‎, 04-26-2011 07:27 AM
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    05-09-2011 01:06 PM Go to last post
  42. Free Rules Clinic

    Gerry (gbower) and I have discussed the possibility of giving a free clinic to any Ottawa Golf Forum members who may be interested in increasing their knowledge of the Rules of Golf. We would hold the clinic in the early evening of a week day at our home course, Greensmere Golf Club, in late May....

    Started by BC MIST‎, 04-22-2011 02:19 PM
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    04-26-2011 08:38 AM Go to last post
  43. What is the ruling on this one?

    This from, what is the ruling on this scenario, see the the attached drawing illustrating the situation. I was playing at my local golf course...

    Started by Break68‎, 04-25-2011 04:17 PM
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  44. Question re handicap

    I need a bit of help in understanding who was right... I was playing my yearly friendly competition with a buddy and the game was very close with only a couple of holes left to play and only a couple of strokes between us (I was down). My opponent ran into difficulty and lost a ball out of...

    Started by HappyGolfer‎, 03-15-2011 09:51 AM
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    04-24-2011 08:40 PM Go to last post
  45. A Memorable Tale

    Hi All, I've been busy studying for the last while, and I came up with a short story to help me remember the Rules of Golf, in order. I hope it helps you too. :) <style>@font-face { font-family: "Times New Roman"; }@font-face { font-family: "Verdana"; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal,...

    Started by LobWedge‎, 04-16-2011 06:23 PM
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  46. 2011 Handicap season has begun

    Start entering those inflated scores for the Ryder Cup in Belleville!!! :-) Conditions really are horrible in Ottawa for the next two weeks.

    Started by nokids‎, 04-15-2011 07:51 AM
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  47. Rule change starting at Masters

    As things have happened this season already the ruling bodies have acted quickly with this change. ---------------------------- USGA, R&A revise incorrect scorecard decision Bookmark and Share Team Posted 04/07/2011, 7:27 AM EST The U.S. Golf Association...

    Started by gbower‎, 04-07-2011 08:06 AM
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  48. Hazzard Relief question

    On Mon when 2 glove Gainy was given his final point of relief from the hazzard on 17, his ball was outside the hazzard line but to hit the shot he was standing inside the hazzard line. I thought that when you took relief you must take total relief for you and the ball or is that only for free...

    Started by eyeping‎, 02-10-2011 09:00 AM
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    02-10-2011 05:09 PM Go to last post
  49. Truly Unfair Rules

    In the Harrington thread I made reference to some rules of golf where the player does everything right, but still gets penalized. The challenge then, to those interested, is to search your understanding of the rules or your experience on the course, and come up with examples of situations where...

    Started by BC MIST‎, 01-24-2011 07:25 PM
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  50. Lining up your ball on the Tee

    Hey folks, hoping someone can answer this juan..... As you know many people put a line on there ball for putting purposes ( line em up ) and I was playing with a good friend yesterday who now has placed that line for his Tee shot, aims the line down the left, at the pin wherever... I am...

    Started by GoingLow‎, 10-05-2010 11:20 AM
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    01-31-2011 07:01 PM Go to last post

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