The Reasonable Man's Rules Of Golf

How to play a quick, casual round while staying within the spirit of the game
Related: Recent revisions to official Rules Of Golf show leniency

October 2011

Golf purists won't agree with taking liberties with the game's rules, and if you actually lay a club on the ground and mark the spot with a tee before taking a drop during your usual friendly foursome, this list probably isn't for you. But while we believe the rules of golf to be sacred and essential, sometimes bending them just a little, provided you aren't doing it in an official competition or without consent or knowledge of your playing partners, can make your round more fun. And isn't that what playing recreational golf is all about? Keep these ideas in mind the next time you're not teeing it up at the U.S. Open.

-- Alex Myers

Reasonable Man's Rules Of Golf

Borrow A Club When You Need To

The rules say the total number of clubs you can have at your disposal is 14. But suppose you're on the opposite side of the fairway from your clubs, and a 6-iron you need is right next to you in your buddy's hands? We say use that. If that's the club that's somehow going to result in the greatest shot of your life, well then those are the clubs you should have been using all along.

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