Are you taking full advantage of your time on the toilet? Please don’t tell me you play around on your phone…that’s gross! Stop it! If you don’t own a Decisions on the Rules of Golf book and you don’t keep it next to your throne, you are making a massive mistake.
The Decisions book contains every possible scenario pertaining to the rules of golf that you could dream up. This book is essential if you play any competitive golf because it will help you better understand the application of the rules in real world situations. If you have kids who play competitive golf, you need this book.
Rules of Golf….Explained
Let’s face it, the rules of golf are really confusing. It would be nice if the rules made just a tiny bit of sense, but there is no consistency or rules of thumb you can rely on. Why can you clean your ball in certain situations and not others? What’s that extra option with a red hazard again? How do you take relief from a bunker lie that has so much standing water it might as well be re-labeled a water hazard? And what the heck does “through the green” mean?!
The Decisions book puts all of these rules into context for you, and provides deeper explanations of why the rules are what they are.
Increase your confidence
You may understand the basic rules of golf, but what about more obscure rules that could get you in trouble? Picture it: You’re playing in the final group on the last day of your club championship, you’re tied for the lead, and there is a mushroom growing on your line of putt on #18! What do you do? Certainly you can’t remove it, right? But that’s an abnormal condition so surely you can remove it, right? Perhaps you should take relief…is that allowed? Believe it or not, the Decisions book answers this very question – Decision 16-1a/15. Look it up. The answer may surprise you.
Having a better grasp of the rules through the Decisions book will enable you to confidently play golf with others.
Whether it’s for fun or a serious competitive round, you’ll know how to handle any rules situation that may come your way, and be able to assist your fellow golfers to correctly apply the rules.
Deplorable golfers who know the rules well will often use their knowledge as a way to intimidate you. They will watch you like a hawk, then prey on you at the slightest infraction. I’ve seen it many times and I’ve been the victim of it a few times myself. Having a greater understanding of the rules will be like Kryptonite to these irritating golfers.
Cement your knowledge
You may think that reading the rules of golf is boring (and you would be right), but the Decisions book is fascinating. There are so many different scenarios for each rule and each scenario is laid out in a Q & A format.
Q. “A” lifts his ball on the putting green. He then accidentally drops the ball and it strikes and moves “B’s” ball, which is in play and at rest. What is the ruling?
A. A ball that has been lifted and not put back into play is equipment. In match play, “A” incurs a penalty stroke and “B” must replace his ball – Rule 18-3b. In stroke play, there is no penalty and “B” must replace his ball – Rule 18-4.
It’s a fun little game to cover up the answer and take a guess. Unfortunately, 73.82% of the time I am wrong.
A Quick Read
You can pick up the Decisions book, read a decision or two, then put it back down again. You could spend 3-5 minutes a day thumbing through this book and increase your rules knowledge exponentially over the next year…pretty cool, huh! This is what makes it the ultimate toilet read.
It’s also great to keep in your bag, in your car, or next to your favorite chair as a quick reference tool.
How to get a Decisions Book
- If you’re not a fan of the toilet read and want to peruse at your leisure, all the decisions are available online for free.
- You can find older versions of the Decisions on the Rules of Golf on Amazon for super cheap – about $4.
- The latest edition of the Decisions book can be purchased through the USGA at the member price of $12.95 + shipping.
- Get the free USGA Rules of Golf app (a great on-course reference tool in your pocket).