Stumped by something you’ve seen out on the course? Our Rules of Golf expert is here to help

Despite the simplification of the rules at the beginning of 2019, there are still some that leave us scratching our heads. And as our club man Steve Carroll has passed his R&A’s level 2 rules exam with distinction, he is more than happy to help. And so Rules of Golf explained was born.

How to submit a question

If you would like to get in touch with Steve regarding the Rules of Golf or submit a question to feature in this series, the best way to do so is to email him or send him a tweet.

Rules of Golf explained archive

Our balls have landed side by side – what do we do?

I’ve lost my phone – am I allowed to search for it?

My ball’s embedded in the face of a bunker – can I get free relief?

A bird hit my club while I was taking a shot – does it count?

Can I switch hands to get free relief?

How should I announce playing a provisional ball?

Can I get relief from a sprinkler head on the line of my putt?

Can my caddie place and line up my ball on the green?

Can I play a provisional after I’ve started searching?

Can I stop my opponent looking for my ball?

I’ve hit the ball with a practice swing – does it count?

The tee markers are missing – what do I do?

My ball struck a buggy and landed in a bunker – can I play it again?

What do I do if my ball moves at address?

The foam insert is floating and the ball won’t hole – what do I do?

If I play out of turn, should I play another shot?

Can you stand behind an opponent to watch their putt?

Where do I drop if a bunker is GUR?

Is there a penalty if I hit another player with my ball?

I’m looking for two balls – do I have three minutes for each?

My golf ball hit the foam insert and bounced out – does it count?

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