A spoonful of sugar for the Rules of Golf

The SCGA's Rules Crew makes them go down easier

The following editorial appeared in the January 2012 issue of Southland Golf
By Greg Flores

For 99 percent of all players, the Rules of Golf are mere speed bumps along the path to enjoyment, often considered guidelines rather than ironclad regulations, while such rule benders as mulligans, free drops and gimmies have become commonplace. It's not exactly cricket, but when you're trying to have a good time, the reality of the rule book can chafe.

"The Rules can be a little too much, and off-putting for a lot of golfers," says Jeff Ninnemann, Assistant Director of Rules and Competition for the Southern California Golf Association. "We try to make it a little more enjoyable and downt o earth for the general golfer."In fact, the SCGA is doing its part as steward of the game by making the Rules appear fun and entertaining. The association has produced dozens of mildly humorous and mostly informative videos covering everything from course etiquette to detailed explanations of precise course rulings. From the comfort of their home computers, players can gain a wealth of knowledge simply by visiting the association website and watching "The Rules Crew" in action. The association also has a jump on all the new Rules changes coming our way for 2012 with a new lineup of videos.

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