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Practice–Rule 7


The Rules of Golf limit the areas and times in which a player may practice. By Ryan Gregg,


Director of Education and Rules


YES A player


may practice chipping on or near the teeing ground between the play of two holes.


P


ermitted practice is substantially different


in stroke play than match play. By rule, on any day of a match-play event, play- ers may practice on the competition course prior to the start of their round. Conversely, in stroke play, players are not permitted to practice on the competition course prior to the start of the round. Why the difference in the two forms of play? The reason has much


to do with providing equal opportunity for all players.


64 / NCGA.ORG / SPRING 2012


In a stroke-play competition with more than 100 players all competing against one another, the players in the first groups do not have as much of an opportunity to practice on the course before their rounds, while a player who is to play later has a much greater opportunity to practice on the course before the round. In match play, the concern is only that the two players in the match have the same opportunity to practice as they are not competing against anyone other than themselves.


NO


A player may NOT practice from a bunker or other hazard.


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