Given your background in the game, what rule do you believe is the best rule in the Rules of Golf and if there was one rule that you could change, what one would it be?
I believe that the best rule in golf is Rule 13-1 General “The ball must be played as it lies, except as otherwise provided in the Rules”. I also believe that all golfers should know and once a year recite, the section regarding the Spirit of the Game in the etiquette section of the rules, which states;
“Golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or an umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the Rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. This is the spirit of the game of golf. ”
If I had to change a rule, I would change Rule 4-3 a (iii) which allows the golfer to replace a damaged club that is unfit for play with ANY club. I believe this Rule should instead permit the golfer to replace the damaged club only with a SIMILAR club. For example if you damage your 3 -iron and it is unfit for play, you should not be allowed to replace it with a wedge or a driver.
Thanks for your question. Hope this helps.
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