Playing By The Rules with Frank Guastella

November 26, 2012

Ball Hanging Over The Hole

While working as a Rules Official at a junior golf tournament this summer a young player approached me about a situation he had experienced during his round. After the player had played […]
November 10, 2012

Blayne Barber Disqualifies Himself From PGA Tour Q-School

Golf is the only game where players actually call penalties on themselves.  Can you imagine an NFL offensive lineman calling a penalty on himself for holding an opposing defensive player during a […]
October 20, 2012

Distance Measuring Devices

Distance – Measuring devices have become a large segment of the golf industry.  There are several manufacturers producing devices to assist players in gauging distances from various points on the golf course.  […]
September 12, 2012

Penality Costs McDowell at BMW

For the second time this season, the Rules of Golf have cost Graeme McDowell some strokes. Earlier this year, at the opening round of the European PGA Championship, his round ended on […]
August 5, 2012

Television Viewers And Golf Rules

You see it happen a couple of times each year.  A golfer commits a rules violation and doesn’t notice it and neither do his fellow competitors.  A viewer watching the tournament on […]
July 6, 2012

What “Winter Rules” Or “Preferred Lies” Really Means

Most people who read my articles are, most likely, serious golfers who understand that the game is governed by 34 Rules.  These same people probably play some tournament golf where  Rules Officials […]
June 12, 2012

Rule 28: Ball Unplayable

Every so often, I will get a question that goes something like this: “I hit my ball into a sand bunker and I don’t know how to hit out of a bunker.  […]
June 2, 2012

2012 Rules Changes-Excess Club Put In Player’s Golf Bag

There has been a revision to Decision 4-4a/6 “Excess Club Put in Player’s Golf Bag”.  The question to the Decision states: “A player arrives at the first tee.  After the match or […]
May 15, 2012

Rule 6-7 Undue Delay;Slow Play

The Kevin Na slow play phenomenon at the Tournament Players Championship has everyone in the golf community talking about slow play.  Na has become the poster-boy for slow play and has been […]
May 6, 2012

2012 Rules Changes-Playing From The Wrong Place

We will continue our journey through the principal Rules changes introduced for 2012 by discussing Rule 20-7c Playing from Wrong Place; Stroke Play.  Note 3, under Rule 20-7c has been amended so […]
April 20, 2012

2012 Rules Changes-Rule 19-1 Ball In Motion Deflected-Playing By The Rules

Rule 19-1, Ball in Motion Deflected or Stopped by Outside Agency, now includes an expansion to the Note to prescribe various outcomes when a ball in motion has been deliberately deflected or […]
April 9, 2012

2012 Rules Changes-Rule 6-3a Time of Starting-Playing By The Rules

Our articles on the principal changes in the Rules of Golf for 2012 – 15 continues as we discuss “Rule 6-3a Time of Starting”.  Rule 6-3a has been amended to provide that […]
April 2, 2012

Major Golf Rules Blunders At The Masters-Playing By The Rules

The Masters has been the scene for some of the greatest victories in golf, but it has also been the scene of one of the most crushing defeats due to a golf […]
March 15, 2012

2012 Amateur Rules Changes-Playing By The Rules

Amateur players are going to be pleased with some of the rule changes for 2012.  Amateur golfers all over the world will now be allowed to play for unlimited hole – in […]
February 26, 2012

2012 Identifying The Ball Rules Change-Playing By The Rules

There is a change in Rule 12 -1 (Searching For And Identifying Ball) that now allows a player to search for a ball that is covered by sand, anywhere on the course, […]
February 12, 2012

2012 Bunker Rules Change-Playing By The Rules

In the 2008 Zurich Classic, Stewart Cink was penalized when his caddie raked a bunker that was 185 yards from the green while Cink’s ball was at rest in a greenside bunker.  […]