The Rules of Golf in Plain English, Fourth Edition (Paperback)

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The earliest standards for the game of golf included just 338 words and thirteen rules, which included what to do if your ball had the misfortune of falling into “watery filth” and how to proceed if your ball was stopped by a horse. The official Rules of Golf have since grown to more than 40,000 words and cover everything from marking a scorecard to determining whether a club has the appropriate roughness.

Two hundred years of revisions have rendered these Rules opaque and stylistically inconsistent. Those intricacies can be intimidating for anyone hoping to pick up the game and frustrating for longtime players who just want to settle a dispute. Both lawyers and avid golfers, Jeffrey S. Kuhn and Bryan A. Garner recognized the difficulties that the language of the Rules of Golf has created, especially in a sport that expects players to call penalties on themselves. By reworking the Rules line by line, word by word, they have produced an accessible resource that no golfer—from the duffer to the pro—should be without.

This new edition of The Rules of Golf in Plain English is fully aligned with the latest United States Golf Association updates and continues to be published with their permission and encouragement. Clear and concise, this reference will allow players to spend more time playing through and less time scratching their heads.

About the Author

Jeffrey S. Kuhn is a lawyer with ExxonMobil and a volunteer USGA rules official. He has achieved the highest rating at PGA/USGA rules workshops and has officiated at numerous USGA championships. Bryan A. Garner is president of LawProse, Inc., and distinguished research professor of law at Southern Methodist University. His books include Legal Writing in Plain English and The Chicago Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation, both published by the University of Chicago Press. He is also editor in chief of Black’s Law Dictionary.

Praise For…

“If you know the Rules, any disputes can be resolved quickly. But you needn’t possess a nerd’s knowledge of the game, or even a bow tie. Just keep a copy of The Rules of Golf in Plain English in your bag. It’s a handy, user-friendly guide to the game's myriad strictures.”
— Praise for the previous edition

“Clear, useful, and very authoritative.”
— Praise for the previous edition

“If most of us had a dollar for every time we resolved to read the USGA rulebook—and didn’t—we could have paid for this godsend from trial lawyer Jeffrey Kuhn and Black’s Law Dictionary editor in chief Bryan Garner ten times over. Recognizing obscure writing when they see it, the pair have taken on the Rules of Golf’s ‘sometimes wooden, legalistic and opaque’ style and translated it deftly, simplifying but not oversimplifying. It’s a good read unspoiled.”
— Praise for the previous edition

Product Details
ISBN: 9780226371450
ISBN-10: 022637145X
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: April 27th, 2016
Pages: 184
Language: English