BOB FORD, Golf Professional --- Oakmont Country Club (Oakmont, PA) and Seminole Golf Club (Jupiter, FL):
"This book is a fun, easy way to learn the rules and etiquette of golf."
EVEN RELATIVELY NEW PLAYERS SHOULD UNDERSTAND BASIC GOLF RULES AND GOLF ETIQUETTE.
There is no game which is played without rules --- and golf is no exception. Unfortunately, there are usually no officials on the course while amateurs are playing. It is the player's responsibility to be familiar with golf etiquette and the rules. You don't want to show up on the tee without tees in your pocket. You don't want to walk on another player's line on the green. Fellow golfers don't like a fellow player talking while they are addressing the ball.
THIS IS NOT A BOOK TO TEACH THE MECHANICS OF GOLF! Learning the basic stroke rules can actually help your golf game. I vividly remember the first time I had to hit my ball over a small lake. I was extremely nervous because I was not sure what to do if my ball landed in the water. What was the rule? Instead of focusing on hitting a good golf shot, my concentration was on not hitting my ball into the water. (And of course my ball landed in the water.) Once you grasp the basic principles of the rules, you'll find yourself able to relax and enjoy the game --- and that's the whole pointr of playing golf in the first place.
Many basic stroke rules come with exceptions. It would be too confusing and next-to-impossible to explain all these exceptions --- but once you have a basic understanding of the rules, you will find that looking up exceptions in the USGA Rules of Golf will be much easier. That was my goal while writing this book.