These rules are local rules and only apply throughout winter.
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Winter rules, also known as "preferred lies," is one of the most misunderstood concepts in golf. Winter rules refers to a practice that most recreational players take part in at some point, and that golf courses may encourage, but which few really understand.
Winter Rules: These usually permits a player to clean his ball and move it to a better lie.
Wood: Clubs made of wood. They are made in varying sizes and thicknesses for different ways of hitting the ball.
winter rules-- Local rules typically in effect when the course is not in prime condition that may allow a golfer to improve his/her lie.
You may move the ball (except in hazards or on greens) to any spot to improve its position for better play.
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~ Rules that apply in winter which will allow golfers to improve their ball lie in certain circumstances.
wormburner A low trajectory shot that either just clears the ground or rolls.
~ Invoked by a golf course as a local rule when the course is very wet and muddy. Not sanctioned by the U.S.G.A.
worm burner A poor shot characterized by the ball not getting airborne and simply rolling fast along the ground.
A relaxation of the rules under poor conditions which allows the golfer to move his ball on the fairway; also called preferred lie.
WORM BURNER ...
~: Local rules which apply during the winter season only. Allows the improvement of lies. See preferred lies.
~ : A local rule under which a player can improve his lie without penalty.
Play ~ When Applicable
The sticklers call this "lift, clean and cheat," but if even the pros do it from time to time, why shouldn't you?
Local rules that allow a golfer to improve the lie of the ball on the fairway, primarily because of unusual conditions resulting from winter weather.
~ - local golf rules that permit the player to improve the lie of the ball in the fairway. There may be additional ~ allowed depending on the golf course condition.
WOOD - a club (either wood or metal) which is used for shots requiring a lot of distance.
~ Usually local golf rules that allow the player to improve the lie of the ball on the fairway
wood A club, which can be made of wood or metal, that has a large head and is used for shots requiring greater distance.
the hole (it is done in an attempt to improve pace of play) - also could be when group A wishes for group B to play-through at any point on the course WD scoreboard abbreviation for withdraw wet ball in water hazard whiff a swing with intent to strike the ball and a miss ~ ...
~ - Seasonal allowances for improving the lie of the ball on the fairway due to poor course conditions
Wood - A club, made of either wood or metal, that has a large head and is used for shots requiring greater distance.
Wormburner - A ball hit that hugs the ground.
preferred lies (also "improved lies, ~, bumping it") a local rule under which a player can improve his lie without penalty
Example: The course was so wet and sloppy that we played preferred lies/improved lies/~/bumps for the first time since last year.
Before you start to play, decide if you are going to allow mulligans and whether summer or ~ are being enforced.
4. Never drive electric carts onto the tee area or within 30 feet of a green.
5. Make sure you are playing a different brand or number ball than your opponent.
Play in which a golfer may move his ball to the nearest point of relief not nearer the hole. When playing under ~, a player may replace their ball on the fairway within 6 inches of where it came to rest, not nearer the hole.
(Also called ~.)
Primary rough---the thickest, highest places of grass sometimes bordering the fairway. Some courses have a "first cut" between the primary and fairway grasses.
under "~" to protect the turf when it is unusually vulnerable. Teeing gives a considerable advantage for drive shots, so it is normally done whenever allowed. On short par 3 holes where the first shot is a chip, the tee shot may be played with or without a tee.
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