Playing By The Rules with Frank Guastella

January 20, 2014

Club Damaged In Normal Course of Play

  What happens during a round of play if one of your clubs becomes damaged during the course of play?  Rule 4 -3: Damaged Clubs: Repair and Replacement talks about damage in […]
January 11, 2014

How To Take A Drop From Ground Under Repair

This is the next in the Playing By The Rules Video Series both Mike and Frank discuss your options when you hit your ball in an areas that the grounds keeper terms as ground […]
November 30, 2013

What Does It Mean To Improve Your Lie?

  Rule 13 – 2 deals with Improving Lie, Area of Intended Stance or Swing, or Line of Play. The Rule prohibits a player from improving certain areas. What, specifically, does “improve” […]
November 23, 2013

New Decisions And Revisions To The Decisions On The Rules Of Golf

The USGA and R & A have announced the new decisions and revisions on the Rules of Golf that will become effective on January 1, 2014. One of those new decisions is […]
October 30, 2013

Golf Water Hazards

Mike and Frank show you the difference between Water Hazards and Lateral Water Hazards.  This is the first in a series of videos based on the popular blog Playing By The Rules […]
August 19, 2013

Playing A Stroke With Part Of An Abandoned Ball

I had an interesting Rules situation arise while officiating at a Blue Water Junior Golf Tour event at the Port Huron Golf  Club a few weeks ago.  On the sixteenth hole, lying […]
June 13, 2013

Discontinuance Of Play

With severe weather predicted for this week’s US Open, the discontinuance of play could come into effect and the Rules of Golf provide a procedure when play is suspended by the Committee. […]
May 19, 2013

Playing A Provisional Ball

Rule 27 deals with Ball Lost or Out of Bounds; Provisional Ball.  If we go to Rule 27 – 2 Provisional Ball, we find the procedure for playing a provisional ball.  The […]
April 28, 2013

The Tiger Woods Masters Rules Controversy and Rule 33-7

The Masters Tournament may be over, but the Rules of Golf controversy regarding the Tiger Woods drop on the #15 hole at Augusta National will be discussed for years.  A lot of […]
April 13, 2013

Learning To Use The Golf Rules Book

With the competitive golf season now on the horizon, learning how to use a Rules book could come in very handy if you plan on playing any tournament golf.  The Rules book […]
March 21, 2013

Determining Nearest Point of Relief

In Rule 24-2b, Immovable Obstruction Relief, we see that relief through the green is granted from the interference.  The player must lift the ball and drop it, without penalty, within one club-length […]
February 21, 2013

Rule 26-1 Known Or Virtually Certain

What happens when you hit a shot toward a water hazard and you do not see your ball actually enter the hazard, but when you arrive at the hazard you cannot find […]
February 5, 2013

Method Used To Mark The Position Of Ball

The Rules of Golf state that the position of a ball must be marked before it is lifted under a Rule that requires it to be replaced (Rule 20 – 1 Lifting […]
January 13, 2013

Lifting Ball To Determine Application of Rule

I received an interesting question about whether or not a player may lift his ball to determine whether he is entitled to relief under a rule.  The player had hit a chip […]
December 22, 2012

What A Caddie May Do For A Player

According to the definition  in the Rules of Golf, a caddie is one who assists the player in accordance with the Rules, which may include carrying or handling the player’s clubs during […]
December 4, 2012

Ban On Anchoring-Have We Gone Too Far?

The USGA and the R&A, the governing bodies of golf, have proposed a rule change that would ban anchoring of a putter to the body while making a stroke.  How clever.  The […]