The Rules of Golf are a set of guidelines that determine how the game is played. It can be difficult to keep up with all the rules and regulations, but once you understand them your golf experience will improve. We will go over 3 misunderstood rules of golf so you don’t make any mistakes on the course.


1) You can’t ground your club in a hazard

A golfer is allowed to touch the sand with his or her club when trying to remove their ball from an unplayable lie. This rule applies to any type of water on the course including ponds, rivers, and streams. Although it’s okay for you to take some relief by touching the sand, you can’t completely ground your club in the hazard.

You must not ground your club when taking relief from a bunker, water hazard, or any other type of local rule except for an unplayable lie that occurs outside of a penalty area. This means you are allowed to take some relief by touching the sand with your club but it still has to be a part of your round.


2) You must not touch the line of your putt

As long as you are attending to your ball, it’s okay for players to walk up and assess their next shot. It is important that you don’t interfere with other players’ games by walking through them or standing on top of a putting line. If someone does this then they could get a penalty, but what about a casual tap to see if the putt is straight?

The rule states that you can’t touch your line when assessing a putt or marking it. However, this does not apply in informal games because there are no penalties associated with tapping your ball while other players are taking their shot. This applies only during official tournaments and casual rounds.


3) Players are not allowed to stand on a putting green

Players aren’t supposed to walk across the putting surface during an unofficial game, but this doesn’t apply when you’re trying to take your putt. When playing casual rounds it is okay for players to hit their ball while others are standing in front of them or walking on top of their line if they are assessing their next shot.


The rule in question is when you’re in the process of making a putt on the green, players must not stand in front of someone’s line while they hit it or walk across their line when doing an assessment. This is considered to be interference with another player because your movements could affect the outcome of his or her putt.