Teeing up your ball on consecutive shots? Under this little-known rule, it’s legal

a golfer tees up a golf ball

Excellent news, golfers who would possibly wrestle to get off the tee. Due to the USGA, we just lately realized of this useful little-known rule.

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Excellent news, golfers who would possibly (actually) wrestle to get off the tee. Due to the USGA, we just lately realized of a little-known rule in which you’ll be able to tee your ball up on consecutive pictures.

Sound loopy? Simply wait. In a video just lately posted on the USGA’s Instagram (which you’ll be able to watch under), the governing physique broke down the (barely embarrassing) state of affairs wherein this state of affairs would possibly come into play.

For starters, to make use of this rule you want to high the ball. Or sky it. Or mainly simply hit it so poorly it doesn’t depart the “teeing space.” Embarrassing? Possibly. However you may make up for a foul swing by flexing your Guidelines of Golf information and telling your buddies you’ll be able to tee it up once more to your second shot.

Right here’s how that works.

First, because the video says, it’s important to work out if the swing counts. If it was really supposed to be a apply swing — one thing we’ve seen a number of occasions from U.S. Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson — then you’ll be able to merely tee it up and hit it once more with no penalty.

However, for those who tried to hit the ball and make a stroke just like the participant on this video, then it counts. You are actually hitting your second shot.

However right here’s the excellent news! If the ball remains to be within the teeing space — which is outlined because the small field between the 2 tees and measuring two club-lengths again — then a participant can choose it up and transfer it to anyplace inside that teeing space. The kicker? You’ll be able to even tee it up for that second shot.

a diagram of the teeing area on a golf hole

USGA

That is Rule 6.2, When Ball in Play Lies in Teeing Space. So now you realize.

However let’s keep in mind an vital a part of this sneaky rule: for those who have to make use of it, you may need greater issues. To assist, listed below are the 5 biggest mistakes amateurs make off the tee.

Josh Berhow

Golf.com Editor

Josh Berhow is the managing editor at GOLF.com. The Minnesota native graduated with a journalism diploma from Minnesota State College in Mankato. You’ll be able to attain him at joshua_berhow@golf.com.

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