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on 20 November 2001
As a very keen golfer with equally competitive partners, golf rules and their explanations caused numerous 'heated' discussions! Then I obtained 'THE GOLF RULES DICTIONARY' - arguments settled! This book is a must buy for any keen golfer who wants a clear, precise, explanation of the rules of golf. In alpabetical order reference could not be simpler. The colour coding of each explanation - YELLOW: What is it? a simple definition of each entry, BLUE: Basic rules, the rule that applies to that entry, PINK: Procedure, sets out what to do or not in any given situation, RED: Penalty, penalty incurred for breech of that rule and GREEN: Exceptions, as it says exceptions to that entry. Incoporating the rules of golf decisions every situation that you are likely to come upon on the golf course regarding the rules is covered by this book. With its hardback cover it is easily carried in any golf bag and will solve any query on rules as quickly as it takes you to locate it. For example: lost ball. You look up LOST - 2-5 seconds, then ball 2-4 seconds. You then are presented with the rule, what it is, the procedure to follow in lost ball situations and the penalty involved if the procedure was wrong. Nothing is easier or simpler to do!! An excellent publication and as I said before a MUST BUY for any golfer.
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on 12 March 2004
Quite simply the best reference book on the rules of golf I’ve ever seen. The simple alphabetic order, easy readability, colour coded layout of its explanations (including numerous practical examples), and excellent cross-referencing mean that the rules applying to virtually any situation you encounter on the course can be accessed and understood in a couple of minutes max – often quicker. I can’t think of a situation, no matter how obscure, that it’s failed to deliver on. Its speed of referencing and compact size mean that you can carry it in your bag and use it “live” to quickly solve any confusion or misunderstanding. An excellent and invaluable golfing aid.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 22 November 2011
This is an essential book for any golfer who plays to a serious, competitive standard because, at some stage, rules questions will arise and, although I am not recommending carrying this in the bag, it is a good read out of the heat of battle and obtaining one helps to avoid having to ask the "rules chappie" in the bar who will corner and inform any unsuspecting questioner about fifty-seven different varieties of rules decisions.

The colour coding is a helpful strategy:
YELLOW: What is it? a simple definition;
BLUE: Basic rules, the rule that applies;
PINK: Procedure - what to do or not to do;
RED: Penalties incurred for breech of rules;
GREEN: Exceptions.

It is well-illustrated and the text is clear, an essential feature of any rule book; the colour coding makes finding the rule or situation very simple.

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on 18 October 1999
This book contains a wealth of information displayed in a very customer focussed manner. sadly it also contains a number of errors and misleading statements. The rules of golf make a clear distinction between Advice and Information, page 20 and 21 suggest that they are one and the same. Read no further than page 25 and find a clear error "disqualification from the hole" should read both players Disqualified see D1-3/1. B21 page 88 refers to D14-4/2 no penalty under 14-4 however 2 strokes/loss of hole penalty under rule 19-2 applies.
I have numerous examples similar in nature to the above and am happy to discuss same with the publisher. I have not yet completed my review and am still documenting however I suspect that the author has sought to do too much with this first edition and that a more precise edition will be available within the next year.
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on 17 January 2014
great book very easy to understand i give it to my friends for christmas and they also thought it was very good
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on 23 February 1999
Throw away the booklet from the R&A and put this in your golf bag instead. You will never regret it.
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on 1 January 2015
spot on
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