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The rules of golf in plain English
Kuhn, Jeffrey S.
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Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2004]

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xx, 144 pages ; 18 cm
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Includes index.
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"The cry for the simplification of the Rules of Golf is a stock-in-trade of the journalist during the winter months. Countless words on the subject have been poured out to an ever-tolerant public, but still the long-sought simplification does not come." --Henry Longhurst, 1937

The hopes of renowned writer and golfer Henry Longhurst--and millions of golfers before and after him--have finally been realized. In The Rules of Golf in Plain English , Bryan A. Garner, American English language and usage expert, and Jeffrey S. Kuhn, volunteer USGA rules official, have translated the knotty Rules with the encouragement and permission of the United States Golf Association. The result is a modern, readable version that offers, for the first time, clear guidance to both amateurs and professionals.

Based on a 338-word set of thirteen rules written in 1744, the official Rules have grown, over two and a half centuries, to 40,000 words. Numerous contributors and a complex revision process have rendered these Rules so opaque and stylistically inconsistent that a companion volume--the 600-page Decisions on the Rules of Golf --has been published to help golfers navigate them.

Both lawyers and avid golfers, Kuhn and Garner recognized the difficulties that the language of the Rules of Golf created, especially in a sport that expects players to call penalties on themselves. By reworking the Rules line by line, word by word, they have produced an accessible resource that no golfer--from the duffer to the pro--should be without.

Author Notes

Jeffrey S. Kuhn is a lawyer and a volunteer USGA rules official. He has achieved the highest rating at PGA/USGA rules workshops and has officiated numerous USGA championships. Bryan A. Garner is the author of numerous bestselling books including Garner's Modern American Usage and Legal Writings in Plain English , published by the University of Chicago Press. He is also the editor in chief of Black's Law Dictionary and special contributor to the Dallas Morning News .

Table of Contents

Preface Rule
1 The Game Rule
2 Match Play Rule
3 Stroke Play Rule
4 Clubs Rule
5 The Ball Rule
6 The Player's Responsibilities Rule
7 Practice Rule
8 Advice and Indicating Line of Play Rule
9 Information About Strokes Taken Rule
10 Order of Play Rule
11 Teeing Ground Rule
12 Searching for and Identifying Ball Rule
13 Playing the Ball as It Lies Rule
14 Striking the Ball Rule
15 Substituted Ball; Wrong Ball Rule
16 The Putting Green Rule
17 The Flagstick Rule
18 Movement of Ball at Rest Rule
19 Moving Ball Deflected or Stopped Rule
20 Procedures for Lifting, Dropping and Placing; Playing from Wrong Place Rule
21 Cleaning Ball Rule
22 Ball Interfering With or Assisting Play Rule
23 Loose Impediments Rule
24 Interference and Relief from Obstructions Rule
25 Interference and Relief from Abnormal Ground Conditions, Embedded Ball, or Wrong Putting Green Rule
26 Water Hazards Rule
27 Ball Lost or Out of Bounds; Provisional Ball Rule
28 Unplayable Ball Rule
29 Threesomes and Foursomes Rule
30 Three-Ball, Best-Ball, and Four-Ball Match Play Rule
31 Four-Ball Stroke Play Rule
32 Bogey, Par, and Stableford Competitions Rule
33 The Committee Rule
34 Disputes and Decisions Rule
35 Definitions
Appendix 1 Penalty Summary Chart
Appendix 2 Golf Etiquette