In Golf, can you choose to play down the 'wrong' fairway?


This usually happens when the ball is very close (just a few inches) and the player is almost guaranteed (99+%) to make it. In non-professional play, players will sometimes just pick up the ball without tapping it in, but in professional play the ball must go into the cup, no matter how close it is.

As gbianchi says in the comments, the player who is farthest away is usually the next to go (Rule 10-1b), but he's not entirely correct in that someone closer is not allowed to go first. The relevant rules are 22-1 and 22-2.

Rule 22-1 and 22-2 allow for any player lifting any ball (lifting means you remove it but replace it in exactly the same spot after the other player shoots) if the ball may assist another player (Rule 22-1) or the shooting player having another ball lifted if it will interfere with his/her own shot (Rule 22-2). They both have the same clause in them:

"In stroke play, a player required to lift his ball may play first rather than lift the...

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Basically, the golf ball that is best for you depends on what you need out of a golf ball, and that depends on the rest of your game including the course you play on. Without going into a doctoral dissertation on the subject, the two most important factors, IMO, are compression and spin characteristics.

Compression is the "squishiness" of the ball. A low-compression ball is softer, requiring less force to compress. This will keep the ball on the clubface longer, imparting more "impulse" from the clubhead to the ball, and it will also induce more spin as the clubhead has more time in contact with the ball to get it spinning. They also feel softer when hit, which is preferable to many players. But, they will waste some energy of a particularly powerful swing because the softer material won't completely return to its normal roundness until after it's left the clubhead (like bouncing on a trampoline but not straightening your legs fully until you're already back in the air)....

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This is a short clinic detailing how to handle escaping from a fairway bunker. Learn the tips and drills that will lead to success every time you're faced with this shot.

Basically a fairway bunker shot is almost identical to any other shot you might face out of the fairway. Golf is also the same...strike the ball before you hit the ground. As such, you should set up to a fairway bunker shot the exact same as you would a shot out of the fairway and them move the ball toward your back foot approximately 1 inch from where you'd normally play the ball with the club in your hand (to ensure a downward strike). From there you just make a normal swing and the loft on the club will do the rest!

If you have questions just reach out to me at and I'll be happy to help in any way I...

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Let's investigate the pain in the first lumbrical due to repetitive golf swings with backswing where the support hand experience the pain. It can be repetitive injury, too weak muscles or poor technique. If you are left, then the pain is in the first lumbrical of the left hand. If you are right, then the pain is in the first lumbrical of the right hand.

I first doubted "not tight enough golf grip where hands not as package" and then "not proper backswing" but this and this confirmed me otherwise. So I am still in the starting point: I cannot understand why my first lumbrical becomes painful after repetition: I am not sure whether it is because my hand muscles are not yet familiar with the stress or some other reason. First lumbrical is connected to the muscle "flexor digitorum profundus". Tension in that muscle may cause pain to the hand. Poor warm-up of the hand muscles? Or some other reason?

How do you alleviate the pain in the first lumbrical due to...

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With a down economy, gaining access to premier private courses is more feasible than ever. Here are four ways to get behind the gates.
No. 1: Take a lesson with the club's pro; an on-course playing lesson or even a full 18 holes might be the result.

No. 2: Buy a spot in a Monday charity outing. Tough-to-access courses like Winged Foot and Medinah host plenty of them.

No. 3: Join a web-based "network" that allows access to private tracks. Boxgroove ( has a network of 746 private clubs; Tour GCX ( is affiliated with several Top 100 Courses. Fees vary.

No. 4: Call or e-mail a club's general manager and simply ask to tee it up. Request to play during a quieter time to up your chances. If you're traveling, some clubs respond favorably to requests from hotel concierges.




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Table of Contents

Welcome Setup 8 course cards, 1 club card 9 pennies, 9 dimes The score sheet Par for the course Building the first hole Getting ready to tee off Choosing Your Clubs Claiming a club, moving your ball Coins can’t share the same space Player furthest away plays next Limitations on wood clubs Dealing with Hazards Stay on the fairway if you can Bunkers: maximum 4, no hole out Rough: use minimum distance Water: one-stroke penalty Common Complications Your only shot is blocked (whiffed shot) Running out of clubs (gimme) Hitting too hard (overshot) Finishing the Hole Reach the cup to finish the hole Score the coins you spent Setting up the next hole Determining who starts the next hole Winning the Game Tallying your score Thank you!

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So you want to be a famous golfer, do you? Tell you what - let me be your caddy for a few holes and I’ll teach you all you need to know about the game.


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How Match Play Rules are Different from Stroke Play

The following is a general reminder of the principal rule differences between match and stroke play. It is not exhaustive. Refer to the Rules and Decisions for the complete applicable rule(s).

You know the basic difference: Match play is by holes, hole winner has the lowest net score. Winner is up by more holes than are left to play (Rule 2). However, in our interclub competition, we use the Nassau scoring system to determine which club wins the match. In each of the twelve four-ball matches, 3 points are awarded: One to the team winning the front nine, one for the back nine, and one for the 18. For any ties, both teams get...

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Keep Your Score Under Par, Not Your Games

Did you know that the Scottish weren't the original inventors of golf? Sure, it was in 15th-century Scotland that the version of the game we know today was cultivated and became popular, but that game was actually based on a ball-hitting game that goes back to Roman times, or it's at least similar to the game paganica they played then, as well as a Chinese game played in the 8th to 15th centuries and games played around that time in Persia, France, the Netherlands, and even England. It is thanks to the Scots, though that it can now be found everywhere. There hasn't been such a great innovation in the game went online.

Golf is a popular break for generations of players, who get up early in the morning to wander the fairway perfecting their shot precision. But even when you can't go golfing in the real world – you're too far away, the weather's not cooperating, you're at (sigh) work – you can still take a golf break...

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Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods are playing the 16th hole, when Tiger's tee shot lands behind a huge, 100 foot fir tree. Tiger looks at Arnie and says, "How would you play this one? Lay up and take the extra stroke?"

Arnold replies: "When I was your age, I'd just play right over this tree."

Tiger, not wanting to be shown up by ol' Arnold Palmer, proceeds to hit the ball high and over the tree. Unfortunately, not high enough to clear the tree. It bounces off the tree and lands out of bounds to the right. Tiger, really ticked at this point, asks Arnold how he EVER hit a ball over that tree.

Arnold replied: "Well, when I was your age, that tree was only three feet tall."

A lady was vaccuming the bedroom one day when she hit something under the bed. When she pulled it out, she was amazed to find a shiny silver box with nine golf balls and $25,000 in cash inside. When her husband came home, she called him up to the bedroom. "Honey, what is...

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Formalized in the 1970s, disc golf is much like regular golf, but instead of balls and clubs players use a Frisbee. As you may guess, the object is to complete the hole with the fewest throws between the tee area and the hole. As you progress down the fairway, players make their next throw from where their previous throw landed.

Vancouver Island

Coopers Hawk Disc Golf Course

Location: Campbell River

Number of holes: 18

Other information: After getting your discs at the sportsplex, there are nine holes on each side of the facility. This is a short, technical course through the woods. Target type: Baskets. Tee type: Crushed stone. Established in 2002.


Black Creek Community Disc Golf Course

Location: Black Creek

Number of holes: 18

Other information: This is a recreational bush course, with natural tees. Hiking boots are best as you navigate through your game....

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Golf writer Henry Longhurst once remarked: “You find yourself lingering on the tee, gazing down on the waves as they break on the rocks and reflecting how good it is to be alive.” But you have to earn the view. From a windswept outcrop, with a lighthouse reminding you of the dangers ahead, you must drive across 200 yards of rock-strewn waters to reach the fairway.

2. Pebble Beach, US – Hole 7

Jack Nicklaus said that if he had only one more round to play in his life, he would play it here. The course hugs the Pacific coast and features narrow fairways, sloping greens and panoramic views. Every golfer dreams of lofting a sand wedge towards Monterey Bay on the diminutive, but danger-strewn, seventh.

3. Ballybunion, Ireland – Hole 11

Tom Watson singled out the 11th hole of this wonderful coastal links as one of the toughest in golf. Perched high on the cliffs, it flanks a stunning horseshoe bay – anything right will be swallowed by the pounding...

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By Paul Myers

You don’t have to play in tournaments to enjoy being a golfer. There is nothing wrong with simply enjoying social rounds of golf with your friends, and trying to get better without placing yourself into a competitive event. However, playing tournament golf is an exciting opportunity that can be enjoyed by almost everyone who chooses to participate. If you have never played in a tournament, it might be worth the effort to at least enter one and see how much you like it. Many clubs have tournaments throughout the year that welcome players of all skill levels. Thanks to the handicap system in golf, you can compete against players of many different skill levels in the same tournament.

To get you started off on the right foot when playing in a tournament, we have offered a few tips below –

Don’t Change a Thing. One important thing about playing in a tournament is to treat it as much like a ‘regular’ round of golf as possible. You don’t need to try...
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In Golf, can you choose to play down the 'wrong' fairway?

This depends on local course rules.

Courses define out-of-bounds. Do fences, lines, and/or stakes mark out-of-bounds boundaries?

Some courses mark boundaries per each hole, which means you cannot chose to play down the "wrong" fairway, or fairway of a different hole. However, some courses mark boundaries only per hazard (a body of water, a swamp, a forest, etc.).

If the course does not mark boundaries per each hole, then that course does not prohibit playing down the "wrong" fairway. If you are playing recreationally, chances are that your playing partners will not mind if you play down the "wrong" fairway. Perhaps the group playing that hole...

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You can almost never move your golf ball when it's in the fairway, when it's in the rough, when it's in a hazard. It's a one stroke penalty if you even touch the ball.

The only time you can move your ball is if another player thinks your ball will interfere with their shot, or if you think your ball will assist the other player in making their shot. In such a case, you cannot clean the ball. You must replace it exactly where it was.

Some people play something called "winter rules". Many of us refer to this as "Lift, Clean and Cheat". The only time I can justify it is if the course is so muddy that it's impossible to avoid the mud.

Even if winter rules is an option allowed by the course, you don't need to take that option. It is contrary to the spirit of...

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Playing a 3-wood shot from the fairway can be a great asset to somebody’s game, it gives you a great opportunity to pump the ball down there as far as you can, gain maximum distance from the fairway, try and make the golf course play shorter, get near or even on to the green. But before you chose the 3-wood for every fairway shot that you ever get, there’s a couple of decisions that you need to make in the sort of course management process before you actually chose the club.

I guess the first thing to decide on is, is the shot needed. If you’re 150 yards out, and you’re 3-wood go on to 180 yards, it’s simply not needed it’s the wrong club for the shot. But if its 250 yard shot and this goes 180 to 200 yards, perfect. To take your 3-wood out bang it down there as far as you can, leave your approach shot a little bit shorter.

The other thing to consider before you even look at the, the ball is where is the danger, where are the hazards, if there’s a lot of hazards in...

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Golf Lessons: How to Stop Topping Fairway Woods

In this tip, I try to explain how to stop topping fairway woods. Everyone has come across this problem before, a topped or thin fairway wood. Its an easy fix if you just know the cause of the shot. In all of my golf tips, I show the cause and the way to fix it. Topping fairway woods is a very common bad shot for many players. Once you figure out how to implement this into your own game, the results will help your score.

By knowing the cause of a topped fairway wood, this will in turn help you get the cure of the topping fairway wood. When do you use a fairway wood, usually when there is a large distance to hit; after a poor tee shot, trying to reach a par 5 in 2, etc.. You are usually trying to hit the ball too hard. This in turn makes you tense up your arms and bulcke you arms. The result is the top.

The cure for this is to relax and let your arms stretch out. You have to let the club get into the gap between the...

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The sound of balata meeting steel rings through the air. The small white ball takes off like a fighter plane, rising above the trees. The crowd cheers, and your ball continues to soar, until it finally falls and rolls to a stop, far, far down the fairway. This is your moment, bask in it.

A voice chimes in: "Ahem.I just noticed something." Your smile turns into a grimace. Your competitor, who should now have given up all hope of winning your match game, is always there to spoil your moment. You glance up to see a finger pointing at the wooden tee, still in the ground before you, smoke rising off its cusp.

What could be wrong with the tee? Then you realize what the pointing is about. Five inches further back and you could be triumphantly walking down the fairway - now you have to hit another ball.

Teeing up the ball is one of the easiest rules in golf to follow, though it is frequently broken by the overly eager looking to shorten a 504 yard hole by...

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TOO FAR FORWARD (right): This is the most common fault I see with amateurs. With the ball up this far, you'll catch it thin or top it.

I see golfers in our schools play these perfect 5- and 7-wood shots, but give them a 3-wood and they can't hit it.

First, they play the ball up in their stance, like a driver, and try to help it in the air. As a result, they top it or skim it along the ground.

Second, they swing too hard. The green is usually out of reach, so they think, The longer I hit this, the better. But those hard swings rarely end well.

For better 3-woods, position the ball a few inches inside your front heel. And then don't be afraid to hit down on it. Ben Hogan used to take a little divot with every fairway wood he hit, and so does Tiger.

When it comes to tempo, think of your 3-wood as any other club: It has a distance maximum,...

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Choosing Fairway Woods

A typical set of golf clubs would include a 3 wood (15 degree loft) and a 5 wood (18 degree loft). We hardly do anything traditional anymore for a couple of reasons. If we fit you into a 12 or 13 degree driver, we would likely put you into a 16.5 or 17 degree 4 wood as your next club because you may have difficulty in getting a standard 3 wood in the air. This added loft would give you more distance as well. The next club in your bag would likely be a 7 wood (21 degree loft) or a 3 Hybrid (20 degree loft). A similar scenario could apply if you hit your driver a long ways and find yourself hitting your 3 wood too far on par 5’s and 5 wood not long enough. The perfect choice would be a 4 wood and drop the 3 and 5 wood. Because lofts are also a measure of how high you will hit the ball for a given swing speed, we really work hard to give you the proper distance gaps with your fairway woods by choosing the proper wood lofts.

Depending upon the...

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