While many golfers have put away their clubs for the next few months, you can still keep your mind in the game!
Did you know that the USGA website offers quizzes on the Rules of Golf? The quizzes are available to take online or can be printed for later use. You can choose your desired level of difficulty (Basic, Advanced or Random-mixed) as well as the length of your quiz.
While you wait in line, you could take the shortest quiz of 10 questions. If you have more time, 18 or 25 question quizzes are available. It’s a great way to stay current with the rules. See how quickly you can complete a quiz… Try to stump your golfing friends!
Not only does the online answer key tell which questions you answered correctly, it also provides a link to the rule in question, for each question. It’s a great way to familarize yourself (or a newer golfer) with the rules of the game. When it’s time to get those clubs back out, you’ll be ready for any situation on the course!
Want to see golf rules simplified and explained quickly? The USGA has animation videos that do just that. Most, if not all, are under 2 minutes long. Here is a handy list of what’s available. If you play in any golf tournaments, it would be important to know these. Even if you don’t, and only play for fun, it’ll help avoid disputes of what’s fair and what’s not if you have some knowledge of how to follow golf rules.
- How to score for match play
- Scoring for stroke play
- Maximum of 14 clubs
- Ball unfit for play
- Starting time
- Order of play
- The teeing ground
- Playing from outside teeing ground
- Definition of hazard
- Ball in hazard
- Ball over hanging hole
- Attending and unauthorized attendance of the flagstick
- Ball striking flagstick or attendant/ball resting against flagstick
- Marking, lifting, and replacing
- Movable obstructions
- Through the green
- Determining the nearest point of relief
- Immovable obstructions
- Water hazards
- Lateral water hazards
- Ball lost or out of bounds
- Environmentally sensitive areas
- Loose impediments
To see these video, go to the Rules section of the USGA website. You can also find where to get a copy of the Rules of Golf Handbook.