The REAL Rules of Golf

pattyblogForget the 34 USGA Rules of Golf, the following are all you need to know:

The YOOL rule:  You’re Out Of Luck!  This one rule covers almost everything that can happen to you on the golf course.  On a rock?  YOOL Rule.  Behind a tree?  YOOL Rule.  Great shot that’s headed for the green but a lawnmower guy comes out of nowhere and deflects it into a bunker…. YOOL!

Lost Tee Shot Rule:  When looking for someone’s lost tee shot, always look 30 yards behind where they’re looking.  Most (if not all) golfers think they’ve hit their drive just about 30 yards farther than they actually have.  Note:  I’m no hypocrite, I’ve heard “Hey, Patty, you’re ball’s back here” more than once.

Water Hazard Rule:  Use old balls when hitting over water hazards.  I know, I know, teaching pros say never do this – always use your usual ball.  But I’m going with common sense on this one.  And my personal experience has been new balls go in the water, old ones make it over every time.

My Personal Weather Rule:  I only play golf if the temperature is at least my age minus 20.   I don’t want to say I’m old, but when I started golfing the rule was my age plus 20.

Cart Girl Rule:  Cart girls (ooops, I mean Cart Women / Cart People) will only ever be seen on the 1st,9th, 10th and 18th holes.   They’ll never be on #14 when you’re dying of thirst.


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  1. Tina September 30, 2015 at 7:30 am - Reply

    Love the YOOL rule! I always look forward to your posts- please keep them coming ?

  2. Anne September 30, 2015 at 11:44 am - Reply

    You are so right!!! Especially on the water rule and the cart person rule, HA!!!

  3. Julie Cole October 1, 2015 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Very polite of you to call it the YOOL rule rather than the YSOOL rule 😉

  4. Dedicated server April 23, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    They could have treated an out-of-bounds situation the same as if you had hit into a lateral water hazard, so you wouldn t have to return to the previous spot to play your next shot. People are imperfect and there are times you cannot be precise when measuring, says Craig Winter, the USGA s rules director.

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