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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should use this site?
This site is intended for anyone who wants to increase their knowledge of the Rules of Golf. Whether you are a casual golfer, an experienced golfer, a new rules official, or an experienced rules offical, you will find there is always something about the Rules of Golf to learn.
Will this site help me with the USGA Rules Exam or my Regional Rules Exam?
Absolutely. Reading the Rules Book is only one part of studying. Our feeling is that "you don't know what you don't know". So the only way to learn what you don't know is by seeing as many rulings on as many different situations as possible.
Are the questions only about the Rules of Golf or are there also questions on Local Rules?
Most of the questions are about the Rules of Golf, but there are also some questions specific to the Local Rules (examples "One-Ball Rule", Damaged Clubs, Alternative to Stroke and Distance). If the question does not state a Local Rule is in effect, then the Rule is not in effect.
What is the favorite after each question?
The star after each question allows you to save the question for later reference. Clicking the star will change its color from favorite to favorite. All of the questions with favorite will be listed under Review...Favorites. Click the star again and the question will be removed from your favorites.
What is the email after each question?
If you do not understand the answer to a question, click the email to send us an email. We will get back to you with an explanation as soon as possible.
Is there telephone support if I have a question about a question?
No. After each question there is an email icon. Click the icon to send us an email. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
Do the questions change each time I go into a section?
No. The questions remain the same. We feel that this is a better way to learn the rules rather than seeing random questions. Use the Review if you would like random questions from across all categories.
Why do I get the same question under different categories?
Many times the same question will be applicable to multiple areas. For example, an unplayable ball in a bunker will appear in both the Unplayable Ball and Bunker sections.
Are my Favorites saved across all of my devices?
No. Not a this time. The favorites are only saved to the device you are using. Saving favorites across devices will be available in the future.
Can I print the questions and answers?
You are only able to print the questions and answers that you bookmarked and saved in the Favorites section. This is a very helpful feature if you are teaching a class on the Rules of Golf and would like a handout for your students.
Do I need to answer all of the questions in each section?
No. It is up to you on how much time you want to spend answering questions. You can click the Finished button at any time.
How can I tell when I have finished a section?
The app does not keep track of your progress. When you feel you know a section, check the box on the top of the Results page. A check mark will now appear next to the section name in the drop-downs so that you know you have completed that section.
How are the lessons ordered?
Lesson 1 includes definitions, true/false questions and simple multiple choice questions. The questions in lesson 2 are a little more difficult than lesson 1. Lesson 3 are the most difficult questions which include exceptions to the Rules and Interpretations.
Can I find questions based on my own search criteria?
Yes. There is a Search Feature in the upper-right hand corner of the screen. Click it and enter your search criteria. Your search criteria can include words from the questions, the reference number from a question, or a particular rule number.
What is the Review Quiz?
This section takes 1 random question from each section. This is the only section where the questions will change each time it is run.
Does the site use cookies to store information?
Yes, the site uses cookies to store your favorites and to remember when you have completed each section.