Diary of a USGA Rules Official: Ruling References

June 6, 2017

Dr. Robin Farran teaches Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix and is one of the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) top Rules Officials. He’s always emailing out different Rules scenarios, and I like to post them all about one a month as a little refresher. In this month’s Diary of a USGA Rules Official, Dr. Farran plays one of my favorite game shows, Okay or Not Okay?…

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Diary of a USGA Rules Official: Just the Facts Ma’am

May 12, 2017

It’s been a busy month for the Rules of Golf, and I would be surprised if Dr. Robin Farran didn’t have a little something to do with it. Dr. Farran teaches Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix and is one of the United States Golf Association’s (USGA) top Rules Officials. Late last month, the USGA and the R&A came together to announce changes limiting the use of video…

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To Younger Me From Older Me

May 7, 2017

Dear Younger Me, I can’t play golf anymore. I tried to swing the club the other day, but my body wouldn’t cooperate. The best I can do now is to sometimes take walks out on the course, but my eyes aren’t as good as they used to be, so I don’t see much. I have a lot of time to sit and think now, and I often think about the game….

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A Good Golf Joke…

May 2, 2017

During my physical examination, my doctor asked me about my physical activity level. I described a typical day: “Yesterday afternoon, I took a five-hour walk about seven miles along some pretty rough terrain. I waded along the edge of a lake. I pushed my way through brambles.” I continued, “I got sand in my shoes and in my eyes. I almost stepped on a snake. I climbed several rocky hills,…

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Rules of Golf Limits Use of Video Evidence

April 25, 2017

The Rules of Golf are changing again, and this time, it really is for the better. The topic involved is video evidence, and specifically the events of the past year that have affected Dustin Johnson, Anna Nordqvist, and most recently, Lexi Thompson. Earlier this month, Thompson received a four-stroke penalty in the middle of the final round of the ANA Inspiration, eventually costing her a major championship. It was pretty embarrassing….

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Diary of a USGA Rules Official: True or False?

April 5, 2017

Dr. Robin Farran teaches Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix and is one of the USGA’s top Rules Officials. You have to wonder what he would say about Lexi Thompson’s delayed four-stroke penalty over the weekend! Dr. Farran is always emailing out different scenarios and actual rulings. In this month’s Diary of a USGA Rules Official, the good doctor plays a little True or False? among other things: Saturday Incidents –…

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My Epic Experience

March 26, 2017

About two months ago, I was asked to become a Callaway Golf staff member, meaning that I would represent the brand at La Paloma Country Club where I work. I had served as a Callaway Advocate since June, and after attending the company’s Epic Tour stop in Scottsdale in December, the decision was a no-brainer. One of the perks of being “on staff” with Callaway is being custom fitted for a…

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Todd Sones: The Finesse Sequence

March 17, 2017

Short game shots and scoring are really important in golf. That goes without saying. But what’s the difference between the greenside finesse sequence and the full swing power sequence? Your upper body leads the short game. Todd Sones is a Golf Digest Top 50 and Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor who teaches out of White Deer Run Golf Club near Chicago. He also currently serves on the Golf Academy of America’s National…

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19th Annual Senior Member/Guest Tournament

March 13, 2017

La Paloma Country Club only closes the course completely three times a year: the Dove Hunt Member/Guest in November, the Senior Member/Guest in March, and the Ladies Member/Guest in April also know as Cazeria. These are the biggest events of our calendar year. The least stressful event that I’ve been a part of so far (and to be fair, there have only been two) has been the recently-completed Senior Member/Guest….

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Diary of a USGA Rules Official: Starting Reminders & Rulings

March 9, 2017

Dr. Robin Farran is one of the USGA’s top Rules Officials and teaches Advanced Rules at the Golf Academy of America in Phoenix. He’s always emailing out different Rules scenarios, which I am happy to re-post for our benefit! I call it Diary of a USGA Rules Official, and in this month’s installment, Dr. Farran has some not so subtle reminders about starting times and Decision 13-2/0.5: Starting Reminders In stroke…

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