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2008ROG

2008ROG

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THE RULES OF GOLF
as approved by
THE UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION®
and
R&A Rules Limited
Effective January 1, 2008
Copyright© 2007 ByTHE UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION All Rights ReservedThe Rules of Golf is copyrighted aterial of the USGA and can be iprinted or altered only by the USGA.Printed in the United States of Aerica
Printed on recycled paper.
 
Cover illustration of Golf House © Ted Burn — www.tedsdesign.com
 
HOW TO USE THE RULES BOOK 
UNDERSTAND THE WORDS
The Rules book is written in a very precise and deliberate fashion. Youshould be aware of and understand the following differences in word use:ay = optionalshould = recoendationust = instruction (and penalty if not carried out)a ball = you ay substitute another ball (e.g., Rules 26, 27 and 28)the ball = you ay not substitute another ball (e.g., Rules 24-2 and 25-1)
KNOW THE DEFINITIONS
There are over 50 defined ters and these for the foundation on which the Rules of Play are written. A good knowledge of the definedters (which are italicized throughout the book) is very iportant tothe correct application of the Rules.
 WHICH RULE APPLIES?
The Contents pages ay help you find the relevant Rule; alternatively,there is an Inde at the back of the book.
 WHAT IS THE RULING?
To answer any question on the Rules you ust first establish the factsof the case.To do so you should identify:1. The for of play (e.g., atch play or stroke play; single, foursoeor four-ball?).2. Who is involved (e.g., the player, his partner or caddie, an outsideagency?).3. Where the incident occurred (e.g., on the teeing ground, in a bunkeror water hazard, on the putting green or elsewhere on the course?).4. The player’s intentions (e.g., what was he doing and what does he want to do?).5. Any subsequent events (e.g., the player has returned his score cardor the copetition has closed).
REFER TO THE BOOK 
It is recoended that you carry a Rules book in your golf bag anduse it whenever a question arises. If in doubt, play the course as you find it and play the ball as it lies. Once back in the Clubhouse,reference to “Decisions on the Rules of Golf” should help resolve anyoutstanding queries.

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