Rules of Golf » Preferred Lies

PGA Professional Marc Spencer sheds light on how to deal with preferred lies and marking your ball in the fairway if it’s in another player’s way.

Preferred Lies » Unplayable Official Rules Definition:

Preferred Lies: Winter Rules and Adverse Course Conditions – Scores made when a Local Rule for preferred lies (winter rules) is in effect must be posted for handicap purposes. This is unless the Committee (preferably the Handicap Committee in consultation with the Committee in charge of the course) determines that course conditions are so poor that such scores are not acceptable and should not be posted. Individual players playing the course do not independently decide whether scores are acceptable due to the conditions. If an individual decides to apply some form of this Local Rule and the Committee has not invoked such a rule, the player’s score is acceptable and must be posted for handicap purposes.

This lesson is part of an on-course clinic that we conduct with women; a great way to get on the fast track to better golf.