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The Roving Official

The Rules of Golf can be complicated. In the Rules Book alone, there are 24 Rules, 99 sub-sections, and 37 Exceptions to the Rules. There are also 74 Definitions, 42 clarifications of the Definitions, 100+ Interpretations of the Rules, as well as dozens of allowable Committee Procedures.

Whether this is your first time taking a Rules of Golf Exam or you are an experienced Rules Official, TheRovingOfficial will improve your understanding of the Rules of Golf. We have found that reading the Rules Book rule-by-rule can be useful, but it provides very little practical context for how to apply the Rules.

TheRovingOfficial is a free, educational website that provides an easier, more intuitive approach to learning the Rules of Golf. There is no better way to study for the USGA or your State Rules of Golf Workshop Exam. Rather than simply reading Rule 1, Rule 2, Rule 3, and then cross-referencing back and forth between Rules, this site teaches the Rules of Golf by providing actual Rules situations that you will encounter on the course or see on the Rules exam. For example, you will learn the Rules about advice, clubs, putting greens, bunkers, practicing, dropping, playing a wrong ball, and many others.

Use the drop-down menus above Use the menu icon to display the Rules topics. Each topic will provide you with some important elements of that section and links to the specific Rule, Definition, or Interpretation. Once you have read those elements, continue on to test your knowledge of that section. There are a minimum of 20 true/false and multiple choice questions in each section - over 1500 questions in all. After each question is answered, you will be provided the correct answer as well as a link to the corresponding Rule, Definition, or Interpretation. As you progress through the questions you will see a pattern to the Rules, your understanding increase, and you will become more comfortable with the types of questions you will encounter on the Rules Exam.

If you have trouble with a question, click the after the question to bookmark it. The will change to and you can review it again later in your Favorities. Also, any questions that are answered incorrectly are automatically saved for later review in the Incorrect Answers section.

Then, after you have finished studying the each section, take the Rules Review to test your overall knowledge of the Rules.

Good Luck,

Scott Newman
The Roving Official


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