Rules of Golf Quiz

Do you know the rules of Golf?

Test yourself by answering these questions. The answers are at the bottom of the page. No cheating.

Question 1 of 36

Two players in the same competition can play at different times and, on the same day, they may caddie for each other.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 2 of 36

Through the green it is not permissible to remove loose impediments from the area in which a ball is to be dropped.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 3 of 36

Stableford is a form of stroke play.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 4 of 36

Once a competition has started, the conditions of competition can only be altered in very exceptional circumstances

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 5 of 36

A Committee should correct its error if it fails to post a winner's score.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE
 
Question 6 of 36

A club may be used to search for a ball that is believed to be covered by sand in a bunker.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 7 of 36

A ball lying on a wrong putting green is lying “through the green”.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 8 of 36

A and B are partners in a four-ball Stableford competition. During the play of the 13th hole, A and B realise that they must have exchanged balls at the 12th hole. They both score no points for the 13th hole.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 9 of 36

A player searches for his ball in a bunker and makes numerous footprints, including in the area where he finds his ball and on his line of play. Prior to playing his stroke, the player can smooth all of his footprints.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 10 of 36

A player plays from the teeing ground, searches briefly and then goes back to the tee and tees up another ball. Before he plays and within the five-minute search period the original ball is found. The player may abandon the teed ball and play the original.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 11 of 36

A player may use a rangefinder to establish how far he has to the hole.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE
 
Question 12 of 36

A player must determine his nearest point of relief by using the club with which he expects to play his next stroke.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 13 of 36

A player starts his downswing and the clubhead separates from the shaft making it impossible to make contact with the ball. The player is deemed to have made a stroke.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 14 of 36

A player may replace or remove a divot which is folded over but not completely detached which interferes with his backswing.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 15 of 36

A player kicks a pine cone into the same bunker where his ball lies. The player can remove the pine cone as it did not originally lie in the bunker.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 16 of 36

A player is not permitted to use a mobile phone to call home during the stipulated round.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 17 of 36

A Committee may introduce a Local Rule allowing relief without penalty for a ball embedded anywhere through the green.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE
 
Question 18 of 36

A player is not penalised if he brushes aside loose impediments with a towel on his line of putt, provided he does not press anything down.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 19 of 36

A player plays a stroke on the putting green but in doing so inadvertently brushes his body with his gripping hand. What is the penalty?

A - The player incurs a one stroke penalty.

B - The player incurs a one stroke penalty and the ball must be replaced and the stroke replayed.

C - There is no penalty.

Question 20 of 36

On the 3rd hole of a stroke play competition, a compeitor uses alignment rods to check his alignment and swing plane. The player is disqualified.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 21 of 36

A player may replace a divot just in front of his ball on his line of play prior to playing the stroke.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 22 of 36

A player may place a mark in front of his ball to indicate the line of play when making a stroke.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE
 
Question 23 of 36

A player has a 6ft putt and strikes the ball firmly and it rolls past the hole and off the putting green into a water hazard. The player can opt to play a ball as near as possible at the spot from where the last putt was made under penalty of one stroke.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 24 of 36

A player buys a cold drink with ice in it from the half-way house. He drops the drink by accident and the ice lands near his ball. The cubes of ice are casual water and the player is entitled to free relief under Rule 25-1 (Abnormal Ground Conditions).

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 25 of 36

In a Stableford competition, a player may practice chipping near the putting green once he has holed out or picked up.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 26 of 36

In match play, a player may disregard a breach of the Rules by his opponent provided there is no agreement to waive the Rules.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 27 of 36

If a player makes a stroke at a ball on a non-conforming tee, he is disqualified.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 28 of 36

A stake defining out of bounds is a movable obstruction.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE
 
Question 29 of 36

For relief without penalty to be available, casual water must be visible before the player takes his stance.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 30 of 36

The player can attach an adhesive bandage to the clubhead to protect the club.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 31 of 36

The player's ball may strike the person attending the flagstick without penalty; but the player is penalised if his ball strikes the flagstick itself.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 32 of 36

The flow of water in a water hazard carries a ball out of bounds. The ball is still considered to lie in the water hazard for the purpose of taking relief.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 33 of 36

When taking a drop under the unplayable ball Rule, if the ball, when dropped, rolls back into the original unplayable position the player can re-drop the ball.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 34 of 36

The "line of play" is the direct line to the hole.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE
 
Question 35 of 36

The line of play extends vertically upwards from the ground, but does not extend beyond the hole.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE

Question 36 of 36

A flagstick may have a thin layer of rubber to stop a ball that strikes it from bouncing too far away.

A - TRUE

B - FALSE
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Correct Answers

 

Question 1

Correct answer: A

Explanation: See Decision 6-4/8.

 

Question 2

Correct answer: B

Explanation: See Decision 23-1/6.

 

Question 3

Correct answer: A

Explanation: See Definition of Forms of Stroke Play.

 

Question 4

Correct answer: A

Explanation: See Decision 33-1/1.

 

Question 5

Correct answer: A

Explanation: There is no time limit on the correction of Committee errors of this kind. See Decision 34-1b/6.

 

Question 6

Correct answer: A

Explanation: See Rule 12-1a.

 

Question 7

Correct answer: A
 

Explanation: See Definition of Through the Green.
 
Question 8

Correct answer: B

Explanation: As per Rule 32-2b, the players are disqualified only at the hole where they exchanged balls; effectively they score no points at the 12th hole. See also Decision 32-2b/1.

 

Question 9

Correct answer: B

Explanation: Exception 2 to Rule 13-4 would allow the player to smooth the footprints provided it is done for the sole purpose of caring for the course and nothing is done to improve any area covered by Rule 13-2 with respect to his next stroke. Therefore, any footprints made that have worsened any area covered by Rule 13-2 with respect to his next stroke must not be smoothed. (Decision 13-4/11).

 

Question 10

Correct answer: A

Explanation: The teed ball was not in play since the player had not yet made a stroke at it see Definition of Ball in Play and the original ball was not lost see Definition of Lost Ball. See also Decision 27-1/1.

 

Question 11

Correct answer: B

Explanation: The player may use a distance measuring device only if there is suitable Local Rule in place authorising their use.

 

Question 12

Correct answer: B

Explanation: He "should" - not "must" - determine his nearest point of relief by using the club with which he expects to play his next stroke. The use of the word "should" suggests a recommendation (best practice), "must" denotes an instruction and that there will be a penalty if it is not carried out. See the section on "How to Use the Rule Book."
 
Question 13

Correct answer: A

Explanation: A "stroke" is the forward movement of the club made with the intention of striking at and moving the ball. When the player started his downswing, he had a conforming club. See Decision 14/3.

 

Question 14

Correct answer: B

Explanation: A divot which is not completely detached is not a loose impediment. It is something fixed and therefore its removal or replacement would be a breach of Rule 13-2 as the lie and area of intended swing would be improved. See Decision 13-2/5.

 

Question 15

Correct answer: B

Explanation: A pine cone is a loose impediment see Definition of Loose Impediments and may not be removed when both the impediment and the ball lie in a hazard (Rule 13-4c). See also Decision 13-4/14.

 

Question 16

Correct answer: B

Explanation: Use of an electronic device such as a mobile phone, hand-held computer,calculator, television or radio is not of itself a breach of Rule 14-3; it is how the device that is used that may constitute a breach of the Rules, e.g. using the device to ask for advice. See Decision 14-3/16.

 

Question 17

Correct answer: A

Explanation: See Note 3 to Rule 25-2.

 

Question 18

Correct answer: A
 

Explanation: See Decision 16-1a/8.
 
Question 19

Correct answer: C

Explanation: The prohibition in Rule 14-1b applies only to a player who intentionally anchors a club, either directly or through use of an anchor point in making a stroke. See Decision 14-1b/6.

 

Question 20

Correct answer: B

Explanation: The player incurs a two stroke penalty for a single breach of Rule 14-3.

 

Question 21

Correct answer: B

Explanation: Rule 13-2 prohibits a player from improving his line of play by eliminating an irregularity of surface.

 

Question 22

Correct answer: B

Explanation: Any mark placed by the player or with his knowledge to indicate the line must be removed before the stroke is made. See Rule 8-2a.

 

Question 23

Correct answer: A

Explanation: When a ball lies in a water hazard, the player has the option of proceeding under stroke and distance by playing a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from where the original ball was last played. See Rule 26-1a.

 

Question 24

Correct answer: B
 

Explanation: Manufactured ice is an obstruction and Rule 24 applies. See Definition of Casual Water.
 
Question 25

Correct answer: A

Explanation: He may practice in accordance with Rule 7-2, provided a practice stroke is not made from a hazard and he does not unduly delay play. See Decision 7-2/1.

 

Question 26

Correct answer: A

Explanation: See Rule 2-5.

 

Question 27

Correct answer: A

Explanation: See Rule 11-1. The specifications relating to tees can be found in Appendix IV.

 

Question 28

Correct answer: B

Explanation: Objects defining out of bounds are not obstructions.

 

Question 29

Correct answer: B

Explanation: For free relief the casual water must be visible before or after the player takes his stance. See Definition of Casual Water.

 

Question 30

Correct answer: B
 

Explanation: An adhesive bandage or tape added to the clubhead is considered an external attachment, rendering the club non-conforming (see Appendix II, Rule 1a).
 
Question 31

Correct answer: B

Explanation: The player is penalised if his ball strikes the person attending the falgstick or the flagtick itself. See Rule 17-3b.

 

Question 32

Correct answer: B

Explanation: Since the ball lies out of bounds, the player must proceed under Rule 27-1. Water is not an outside agency see Definition of Outside Agency and thus the ball would not be replaced under Rule 18-1. In a situation where it is likely that a ball will be carried out of bounds by the flow of water in a water hazard, it is suggested that a screen be installed to prevent such an occurrence.

 

Question 33

Correct answer: B

Explanation: The ball is in play when it is dropped Rule 20-4. Thus, if the ball comes to rest in the original position, the player must again invoke the unplayable ball Rule, incurring an additional penalty stroke, unless he decides to play the ball as it lies. See also Decision 28/3.

 

Question 34

Correct answer: B

Explanation: The line of play is defined in part as "the direction that the player wishes his ball to take after a stroke" - that is not necessarily a direct line to the hole. See the Definition of Line of Play.

 

Question 35

Correct answer: A

Explanation: See Definition of Line of Play.

 

Question 36

Correct answer: B
 

Explanation: Padding or shock absorbent material that might unduly influence the movement of the ball is prohibited. See Definition of Flagstick.