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Golf Channel introduces 'Relaxed Rules of Golf'
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Friday, August 15, 2014 | 12:18 p.m.
In case you missed it, Golf Channel personalities Matt Ginella and Charlie Rymer were on "Morning Drive" today to introduce what they call the, "Relaxed Rules of Golf."
You can check it out here:
The idea behind these relaxed rules, Ginella and Rymer explained, is to make the game more fun for those already playing (and not at an elite level) and to also make the game less intimidating for those learning to play.
"We're not suggesting that golfers ignore the official rules," Ginella said. "They should continue to be used for any type of competitive play. But when it's a match among friends, relaxed rules can make the game easier, faster and more fun. These simply are common sense practices for avid amateurs, and it's how the majority of the game is being played anyway."
With that, Ginella and Rymer laid out these seven "relaxed rules" to make the game more fun:
1. MAXIMUM SCORE: Double par (i.e. 6 on par 3s, 8 on par 4s...)
2. PENALTIES: All are one stroke, including out of bounds, water and lateral hazards, lost ball and unplayable lie. Drop a ball near where the original was lost and play on.
3. SEARCH TIME: Two minutes to look for your ball. If lost, proceed under Rule 2.
4. UNFORTUNATE LIES: With your playing partners’ consent, balls may be dropped out of divots or footprints, away from tree roots and any other dangerous lies.
5. CONCEDED PUTTS: Putts may be conceded with your playing partners’ consent.
6. EQUIPMENT: No restrictions, including number of clubs.
7. COMMON SENSE: When in doubt, use common sense and fairness.
I don't know about you, but I like these rules.