Rules of Golf

New Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf released

The R&A
28 Mar 23
3 mins

The R&A has released a new ‘Quick Guide to the Rules of Golf’ video to help beginner golfers become familiar with the basics of the rules.

Voiced by golf commentators Iona Stephen and Kit Alexander, the video covers 16 key themes including what to do before starting your round, understanding the different areas of the course,  and how to proceed when you can’t play the ball as it lies. The 12-minute video covers the essential information a golfer needs to get round a course, and assumes the viewer has very little knowledge of the game or the Rules. The combination of video, diagram and verbal explanation is aimed at making the Rules easier to understand for on-course golfers.

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More inclusive golf

Grant Moir, Executive Director – Governance at The R&A, said, “We want golfers at all levels to feel confident in playing by the Rules, particularly those who are new to the game.”  “The Quick Guide video has been developed to provide easy to watch explanations of the most common situations golfers face on the course, and to make the game more appealing and inclusive by showing that the basic Rules are actually very straightforward.” The Quick Guide –  which features short animations and footage from The Open and the AIG Women’s Open to explain the Rules covered – is aimed at the player transitioning from being a learner golfer to gaining a handicap, while also assisting existing golfers. It has been produced with a voiceover with minimal text on the screen to make it easier for national associations to translate the voiceover and allowing for the easy inclusion of subtitles. Subtitles are already available in 15 languages and will be accessible on the web and App versions of the video.

New Rules of Golf App

The release of the Quick Guide will further expand the resources available in the Official R&A Rules App which was revamped earlier this year. The Rules App provides more visual aids, diagrams and videos to explain the Rules and provides visual guidance on many common situations for the benefit of golfers at every level of experience. The R&A Rules App is available here.