Sometimes golfers interpret “winter rules” or “favorite lies” as a number of things, mainly because the golf course doesn`t explain what the term means. Without explanation, we will see golfers improve locations in sand bunkers, water hazards and generally in all areas of the golf course. There is no rule covering “winter rules” or “favorite lies” in the Gulf Rules, but there is an explanation in Annex I, Part A, Local Rules, which states: “Adverse conditions, including poor condition of the course or the presence of mud, are sometimes so general, especially during the winter months, that the committee may decide to impose a It is also important to ensure that the Court of First Instance plays. The local rule should be withdrawn as soon as circumstances warrant. Instead, the winter rules were seen as a local provision that gave each club the discretion to consider weather and field conditions. Under most winter rules, preferential lies are granted to golfers whose shots stop in the fairway but are hampered by specific weather-related issues covered by each club. Prior to 2004, the appendix contained a strong warning that the USGA and R&A did not support “favored lies” and “winter rules”; whereas such rules violate the fundamental principle of playing the ball as it is; and that governing bodies would ignore all requests for decision-making assistance when it came to “preferential lies” and “winter rules”. These statements have been removed from the 2015 edition and more clearly defined. The name “winter rules” is actually a bit misleading, as it is usually only confused with the rule of favorite lies; Something that relieves you when your ball is bothered by something that shouldn`t be there. Things like standing water in the fairway, snow and other similar things give the player the ability to move his ball when his drop is: Originally, the 2004 Rules of Golf, Schedule I, Part B, Section 3b were the only rule to define winter effects: Are you allowed to move and improve in a Harzard zone if you play in the winter or prefer to lie down? That kind of freedom, in my opinion, is what makes winter rules great. It`s entirely up to you how you want to provide relief during your round. But let`s face it, if that`s me we`re talking about (and I know some of you are in the same boat), we`ll all get extra help that we can get during these first few rounds.
Winter rules have a practical drawback. Section 7 of the USGA Handicap System Manual deals with winter rules and states that rounds played under winter rules are published for handicap purposes. If you maintain a handicap and play with the winter rules, you will need to display this score – which will likely be lower than the score you would have achieved without the winter rules. You therefore artificially lower your handicap by applying the winter rules. Although the “Winter Rules” were clarified by golf`s governing bodies, the United States Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, with the 2004 edition of the “Rules of Golf”, there was no such provision in the list of 34 official rules of golf. Normally, winter rules allow you to lift, clean and place your ball within six inches of where it stopped, although this distance is not mandatory and can vary (like the length of a club on some courts), but only on “tightly mowed areas.” The video accompanying this article explains the procedure. Ultimately, the choice is up to each player, as it`s not mandatory to use winter rules — or favorite lies — when the local rule is in effect. Players have the right to use the rule when it is in effect, but they also have the right to play the balls as they lie – if they prefer to play the game the traditional way.
When the weather gets colder and the conditions under your feet become wetter, most golf clubs allow players to enforce winter rules. The idea here is that, since bullets are likely to end up in bad muddy lies or accumulate a lot of mud as they unfold, adopting winter rules or favorite lies under a properly worded temporary local rule would allow you to play your next move from something closer to the lie that you probably would have enjoyed for the rest of the year. For example, if a golfer`s drive is in the fairway, but the ball comes to rest on a piece of bare earth where the grass has died, winter rules may allow the golfer to move the ball over a piece of live grass. Here we will try to clarify some of the confusions and misconceptions about winter rules. But first, let`s explain what most golfers mean when they use the terms “winter rules” or “favorite lies.” In areas of the country where winter conditions can be brutal and negatively impact golf courses, some courses place signs that say “Winter Rules” or “Favorite Lies in effect today.” This means that golfers can upgrade their lounge chair in certain areas of the course that may be affected by weather conditions. These areas are usually limited to the fairway. This could mean that if your drive is in the fairway and it stops on a stretch of bare land where the grass is dead or resting, the winter rules will allow you to move the ball on the grass. It`s that time of year when one of the book`s most confusing rules comes into play. Winter rules, also known as “favorite lies,” may be so confusing because, technically, they are not a rule at all, but are often treated as an unwritten rule that is often abused. If you`re playing winter rules and your ball is on the edge of the putting surface, can you set up your putt without penalty from the fringe? Unfortunately, golfers interpret “winter rules” or “favorite lies” as many different things, mainly because many golf courses and clubs don`t explain exactly what the terms mean. Too often, the only indication that the local rule is in effect is a sign that says “Winter Rules in effect today” attached to the cabin or choke pavilion.
Although Myrtle Beach`s mild climate avoids some of these problems, the rule of favorite lies is often explained by golfers who want to improve their lie. For many recreational golfers, winter rules are invoked at their discretion, ignoring the fact that only the club`s rules committee can make them. They are usually displayed in the clubhouse or transmitted to players in the holder`s hut. Unless the club expressly declares the winter rules valid, no compensation should be awarded. “If the player does not mark the position of the ball before lifting it, or moves the ball in any other way, for example: rolls with a bat, he is punished with a blow.” The schedule prescribes the penalty for violation of the rule – a penalty of two moves in the game of shots and the loss of the hole in the game of match. This may seem serious, especially for casual golfers who see no harm in improving their lie. But for serious golfers who never know how to supervise the practice, local rules are the letter of the law. In addition, the attitude of the USGA and the R&A, golf`s governing bodies, towards winter rules or favorite lies changed with the publication of the 2004 edition of the Rules of Golf – but was later clarified in the 34 rules in Annex 1, Part A, definition 4b, which states: know the built-in ball rule and know how to prefer your lie, If allowed, it will probably prove to be very useful if you play winter golf. Now, this may sound great, but the most interesting thing about “winter rules” is that they are not “rules” at all. Officially, winter rules are not recognized by the USGA, which means that to technically use winter rules to your advantage, you must either ask the course if winter rules are in place, or discuss them with your playing partners before the round.
For example, if a golfer`s shot lands in the fairway but stops in a piece of dead grass caused by frost, snow or ice, winter rules allow the player to move his ball to free himself from conditions between six inches or a club length, depending on the club`s specifications. This practice is called “lifting, cleaning and replacement” or more commonly “lifting, cleaning and cheating”. Where winter rules are in force, this communication should be specific. A simple and effective way to publish such a notice is to make an oral or written statement: “The winter rules apply today in accordance with Annex I, ROG: Fairway only, one time – lift, clean and place within six inches.” Nevertheless, winter rules are simply treated like any other local rule, without having a status of their own, except for other local rules that govern tournament play. While this detail may seem like a very small side note, it reflects a significant change in attitude towards a practice that has already made golf`s governing bodies known. In places where winter conditions can be harsh, with negative effects on golf courses, some courses will put up a sign that says “Winter rules apply today” or “Favorite lies”. This means, in the simplest explanation, that golfers can improve their lies by moving their golf balls into certain difficult areas of the course, and these areas are usually limited to the fairway.