I just purchased a brand new copy of the ProActive Golf Rules Quick Reference just published by Artigo Publishing International. It’s a small, plastic coated booklet with easy reference tabs, good images that illustrate all the rules you are likely to encounter while playing a round of golf. I figured if I ever have a question about a rule it would be a good reference tool to keep in my bag. But while I was flipping through the pages, I came across one rule I was not aware of, and perhaps it’s one you never heard of either. I know the women I play with break this rule all the time and if they did know about it, no one ever told me. Here it is:
You are not allowed to ask for or give advice (“Which club did you take?” “Which club should I play?” “Take a 7 iron.” etc. If you ask for or give advice you incure a TWO STROKE PENALTY! (The exception would be if you were playing in teams, in which case I think you can ask advice of your partner.) But if you are playing a regular round of golf, each person in a foursome playing for their own individual score, you cannot ask for or give advice!!! This is a big surprise. It’s going to cut back on a lot of the chit chat in my league, for sure.
Now, there is more to this rule… You are allowed to discuss distances, the position of hazards or out of bounds margins, pin position etc. but you cannot ask for advice!!!
Now, if you knew the answer to the question in the headline, you probably don’t need this little booklet. But if you were totally ignorant of this rule, you probably need to brush up on the rest of them. I know I do. That’s why I got this little book.
The latest edition with all the updated is now available at Amazon.com. Click on the title to see the listing:ProActive Golf Rules Quick Reference
Did you know about this rule? Did you ever break it? Better yet, do you know anyone who follows it? Feel free to add your comment below.