Rules Study Material

Learning the Rules of golf takes time and effort. There are more than 200 pages in The Rules of Golf book and more than 500 pages in Decisions on The Rules of Golf. You will learn fastest if you develop a study schedule with small, incremental steps over an extended period of time.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO READ THE RULE BOOK OR THE DECISION BOOK COVER TO COVER IN ONE SITTING.

The following self-paced method for learning the Rules of Golf is a compilation of ideas from many Rules experts and instructors. It is divided into four topics: Introduction, Definitions, Rules of Golf, and Decisions on the Rules of Golf. A recommended process for learning each topic is provided along with self-tests to check your learning. In general, you should not skip ahead. Each topic builds on the previous topic.

For most golfers, the Introduction, Definitions, and Rules of Golf topics are all that are needed. If you are called upon to be a Rules Official or wish to become one, you should also study Decisions on the Rules of Golf.

Material Required: A copy of The Rules of Golf for the first three topics; a copy of Decisions on the Rules of Golf for the fourth topic.

Introduction

Start your process by learning how to use The Rules of Golf book.

Study Material: Introduction

Self-test: Exercise – Titles and Numbers

Self-test: Exercise – Rule Book Contents

Self-test: Exercise – Rule Book Index

Definitions DO NOT SKIP THIS SECTION

Now, it is time to understand the words and phrases that form the back bone of the Rules.

Study Material: Definitions

Self-test: Exercise – Definitions

Rules of Golf     {UNDER CONSTRUCTION}

Next, it is time to understand the Rules themselves.

Study Material: Rules of Golf

Self-test: Exercise – Rules of Golf

Decisions on the Rules of Golf     {UNDER CONSTRUCTION}

Last, it is time to learn about some specific application of the Rules to unique situations.

Study Material: Decisions on the Rules of Golf

Self-test: Exercise – Decisions on the Rules of Golf