Rules in Focus
During the Round
Recent Rules in Focus articles have focussed on factors relating to the Rules before the player starts the round. This month we take a look at some factors during that can occur during the round:
During the stipulated round, don’t ask for advice from anyone except from your partner (i.e. a player on your side) or your caddie. Also, don’t give advice to anyone except your partner (Rule 8-1).
Advice is any counsel or suggestion that could influence a player in determining his play, the choice of club or the method of making a stroke. For example, seeking guidance from a fellow-competitor as to the type of shot to play or the most suitable club to use for the next stroke is not permissible.
However, information regarding the distance between two objects is public information and is not advice and it is permissible for players to exchange information relating to the distance between two objects. For example, a player may ask anyone the distance between a bunker and the hole. Equally, providing information on the Rules of Golf or the position of a hazard or the flagstick, is not advice.
While it is not possible to ask or receive advice from anyone except your caddie, partner or partner’s caddie, it is worth noting that in team competitions the Note to Rule 8 allows the Committee to include a condition of competition to permit each team to appoint one person who may give advice to the members of that team.
For example, during the Ryder Cup, the team captain is appointed to give advice to the members of his team. So while team members not involved in a match are prohibited from giving advice to those playing on the course, the team captain can pass advice to anyone playing.
During the round, don’t play any practice shots during the play of a hole; a player must not practise during the play of the hole. However, between the play of two holes, a player may practise putting or chipping on or near the putting green