Product Review: Know Your Golf Rules

The Know Your Golf Rules Tags

The Know Your Golf Rules Tags

The Know Your Golf Rules Tags is a fantastic product which empowers golfers to know what to do when a rules question arises on the golf course. The six tags can be attached to a golf bag like a towel or club brush for easy reference. They can also attach to the steering wheel of a golf cart or to a pull cart. Each tag is clearly marked and offers succinct explanations of what a player’s options are and the penalty (if any) that goes with each rule.

The game of golf has 34 rules. While that may not seem too difficult to keep track of, bear in mind that there are more than 100 sections and subsections to the 34 rules. Add to that the more than 2,000 decisions to explain the rule and you have more information than most recreational (and sometimes professional) golfers can keep track of.  We’ve all found ourselves in a sticky rules situation on the golf course. Perhaps you’ve encountered one of these scenarios in the past:

  • You strike a seemingly perfect wedge shot from 87 yards, only to have the ball careen off of the flagstick back into a pond marked with yellow stakes.
  • You bomb a towering drive only to have the ball come to rest in a dead tree located in the middle of the fairway and you must take an unplayable lie.

Even if you haven’t found yourself in these circumstances the two best players in the world have; at major championships, no less.

The first scenario involved Tiger Woods during the second round of the 2013 Masters. Instead of correctly applying the rule for a Direct Hazard (yellow stakes) and either playing the ball as it lied, replaying from the original shot location or dropping his ball as far back as desired on a line from the hole the hole through the point the ball last crossed the edge of the hazard, Woods took an incorrect drop.

The second scenario involved Rory McIlroy at the 2012 PGA Championship. In the third round McIlroy’s tee shot came to rest in a dead tree. Rory could not play the ball and thus had to take an unplayable lie. He was assessed a one-stroke penalty and opted to drop a ball within two club lengths of the spot where his ball lie, not nearer the hole.

Should you find yourself in either of these scenarios, or one of the many other possible rules conundrums that golf can present it will be helpful to have a quick reference that will cover the vast majority of rules questions you may have during a round. Enter the Know Your Golf Rules Tags. Sure the USGA or R&A Rules of Golf book can be carried in a golf bag, but flipping through the index to find your specific answer can be tedious and slow down pace of play. While the product is not officially recognized by the USGA and shouldn’t replace an official rule book, it offers a fast way to cover common rules issues. If you watch professional golf regularly, you are no doubt accustomed to seeing players call rules officials over for any and all rules questions, even when taking the simplest of drops.

With the The Know Your Golf Rules tags attached to your bag, steering wheel or pull cart it’s a simple look at the appropriate tag, chose the option that’s best for you and play your next shot. Each tag is about the size of a credit card and the vinyl coated wire has threaded ends to allow for easy attachment.

The Know Your Golf Rules Tags attach easily to your bag.

The Know Your Golf Rules Tags attach easily to your bag.

The hanging wire has easy-to-use threaded ends that allow for quick attachment.

The hanging wire has easy-to-use threaded ends that allow for quick attachment.

 

My dad is a 20-handicapper who just started playing the game again after about a decade of not playing. He admits that he does not know the difference between red and yellow stakes marking a hazard. Know Your Golf Rules solves his problem. Both red (lateral) and yellow (direct) hazards are among the six tags included in the set. Also included are white stakes (out of bounds), obstructions, unplayable lies and a tag labeled “Other Rules” which explains casual water, loose impediments, abnormal ground condition and lost balls.

The front of the tags lists a broader category.

The front of the tags lists a broader category.

The back of the tags lists the options you have for the given rules.

The back of the tags lists the options you have for the given rules.

 

The Know Your Golf Rules tags are more than affordable at $6.95 per set for 1-9 sets, $5.95 per set for 10-20 sets and $4.95 per set for 21-50 sets. They are a great tool for instructors and coaches, especially those who work with beginners and junior players. Golf team coaches can give the tags to their players and be confident that the product will empower their players to know what actions they can take with common rulings encountered on the course during matches. The tags are also a perfect giveaway for tournaments, clinics and camps.

If Tiger Woods, or caddie Joe LaCava, had had their Know Your Golf Rules Tags handy at The Masters, it’s likely that Tiger would have taken the correct drop on the 15th hole during the second round.

To avoid finding yourself mixed up in a similar rules controversy, you can order your Know Your Golf Rules Tags.

Know Your Golf Rules can be found at www.knowyourgolfrules.com, on Twitter @knowyourgolfrul, on Facebook and on Pinterest.

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