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Rules of Golf Match Play Basics. What’s New For 2014 Stroke and Match Play 2014 is a Decision Book update year Smart Phone/tablet APP is very useful Modest.

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1 Rules of Golf Match Play Basics

2 What’s New For 2014 Stroke and Match Play 2014 is a Decision Book update year Smart Phone/tablet APP is very useful Modest Number of Decision changes – Eye, not TV, judge of whether ball moved – Smartphone apps, change in what is legal—more later – Change in how far you can go and still play a “provisional” – Modest change in when OK to play out of turn in match play—more later – Some changes for four ball Groove Rule goes into effect for “elite amateur competitions” (all USGA qualifiers)

3 Match Play Mindset It is just you and your opponent We aren’t “protecting the field” More forgiving format for rules errors Fewer opportunities for a DQ penalty

4 Knowing the Rules in Match Play Not knowing a Rule is OK Overlooking a breach by an opponent is OK Agreeing to waive a Rule is DQ Very different than stroke play

5 Order of Play Order of play is a major part of match play Order of play does not care whether you are on or off the putting green Penalty for playing out of turn: opponent MAY recall the shot. Don’t putt out if it isn’t your turn For team matches, visiting team has honor on the first tee (local rule)

6 When OK to Play Out of Turn Limited Permission to grant opponent right to play first to “save time” – Forgot club on a previous hole or similar situation – Not limited to tee shot (previous decisions) – Not OK for continuous putting or because one player can go for green and the other cannot

7 Concessions Can concede the next stroke; this is not concession of hole (anyone can pick up the ball) Can concede the hole or match before conclusion of hole or match (don’t have to complete hole or match) Cannot concede after conclusion of hole or match Good Good is OK anytime after start play of hole Shaking hands is concession of next stroke of both players Cannot refuse or take back a concession

8 Penalties All stroke play 1 stroke play penalties are the same in match play Moving your opponent’s ball in play is a 1 stroke penalty. Ask before marking opponent’s ball or it is a penalty. The general penalty is loss of hole; there are no 2 stroke penalties in match play Loss of hole is immediate

9 Doubt as to Procedure Don’t play second ball (stroke play option only) Try to agree with opponent on correct play If you don’t agree, do what YOU (the player) think is right; PLAY ON. Don’t stop play to get a ruling If opponent disagrees she may make a claim if it affects the outcome of the hole

10 Making a Claim Make the claim before teeing off on next hole or leaving last putting green Example: I am making a CLAIM and want a RULING because THIS wasn’t right Late claims allowed only – If facts unknown to player AND – Given wrong information by opponent (opponent may not have known it was wrong) – After results posted (sheet signed by both captains), opponent must have known it was wrong

11 Most bad rulings result from bad or incomplete facts Understand what your opponent believes her score for the hole is If you disagree on outcome of hole, first focus on the facts, not the penalty: – What do you agree on – What do your disagree about Watch your language – Partner, competitor, opponent – Wrong, incorrect Focus on the Facts

12 WGAP Protests Are Not Claims Claims involve a disagreement about the outcome of a specific Hole in a single match Protests are for issues involving a match or the whole set of matches – You have made a claim and think you have been given an incorrect ruling that affects the outcome of the match – You believe a team match procedure has been violated – You believe a player or the team has been treated in a way inconsistent with the spirit of the game Be clear about the difference when asking for help

13 Status of the Match Your opponent is entitled to know where things stand: – If asked, you must provide CORRECT information on number of strokes taken BEFORE opponent plays her next shot – If you have had a penalty stroke and your opponent did not see it, you must inform her as soon as practicable Difference between incorrect and wrong information – Timing can turn incorrect info into wrong info – Incorrect info isn’t wrong Info if it doesn’t affect outcome of the hole

14 Adjustment Penalties ( More than 14 Clubs) Adjustment to the state of the match penalties include club and caddie penalties These are NOT loss of hole penalties or stroke penalties Play out and determine the result of the hole by skill; then adjust state of match

15 Playing Outside the Teeing Ground Opponent MAY recall the shot This includes things like teeing off on the wrong hole or from the wrong teeing ground (white tees versus red tees)

16 Scorecards No scorecard required in match play Score cards are for the players’ convenience Match play scores should be posted for handicap.

17 Stroke and Match Play Reminders

18 Ball at Rest Moved If YOU move your ball, replace, 1 stroke penalty – Includes balls moving after address since you are deemed to have moved it; new exception “known or virtually certain” something other than gravity moved it – Don’t replace is a 2 stroke penalty If your ball moves on its own, play it from new location, no penalty This rule covers lots of other situations – Kick ball in frustration after missing putt – Pick up ball to take relief and then decide relief is no good

19 Water Hazards Regular (yellow) 3 options – Play ball as it lies – Stroke and distance – Draw line from flag to where last crossed margin and drop as far back on that line as desired Lateral Hazard (red) – All 3 options for regular – 2 club lengths from where last crossed margin – 2 club lengths from equidistant point on opposite margin of hazard Dropping zones only in play if on local rules sheet

20 DMD’s and other devices Use of DMD’S is a DQ penalty UNLESS a local rule is in effect. 1 measurement is DQ WGAP does not permit use of smartphones during stipulated round 2014 decisions in effect make it OK to use smartphones as DMD’s where the club or association allows use of smartphones on the course What changed – Decision that said using a compass is OK – Decision that said a weather app is OK – What is not OK is having on the phone an app that measures something that changes and is on the course (wind speed at the airport 5 minutes ok does not tell you what the wind speed is on the 8 th tee box) If using a medical device (fingers taped together, arthritis gloves), report it ahead of time.

21 Local Rule Sheet Avoids Rule Problems Use specimen local rules in rules book for proper and complete wording Lift clean and place must specify “distance” Embedded ball “through the green” recommended Are you using dropping zones? Do you have sandy areas that are not bunkers (waste bunkers)? What defines out of bounds? Are flower beds mandatory ground under repair? Any other ground under repair that isn’t marked by white lines? Any new sod (consider sod seam rule)?

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