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One of the most commonly visited golf rules concerns what happens when a golf shot is hit out of bounds. Learn about penalty strokes in golf, as well as other rules and regulations, with help from a Class A member of the PGA of America in this free video on golf rules.

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Hi. This Keven Battersby with battersbygolf.com in Coconut Creek, Florida. I'm going to give you some tips on golf rules and regulations. Probably the one that's the most apparent in your golf shots and golf game that you need to know is what happens if you lose your golf ball for instance of the tee and hit it out of bounds. I teed a ball up here. I'm on my first tee at my club. On the right side of the fairway is white stakes which denote out of bounds. As I take my swing, I leave the face open, hit the ball to the right and I clearly see that the ball is out of bounds. I got to replay the shot back from here. Okay? I take my ball; I actually have to tell my players, I'm hitting a ball. Show them what ball you're playing. Re-tee the ball but now I have to take a penalty stroke with that shot. So I hit one shot; a penalty stroke. But now I'm hitting three from the tee. Okay? Over the years that was called stroke and distance because I don't get to take the advantage of that shot if it was say a hazard, a lateral water hazard or some other type of hazard. So that's the rule when you lose your golf ball out of bounds, you got to replay your shot. You count the first shot, you're penalized a shot and then you got to hit a third shot from the tee. Another rule and regulations which is something you have to do before you play your round, is that you can only carry 14 clubs in your bag. Here's my bag here. Prior to a tournament you'll see a player or pros or even the club tournament, they'll count their clubs. I got one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen. You can have actually less then fourteen but you can't have more than fourteen. You're penalized for that and match play, you'd actually be disqualified for having too many clubs. In stroke play, it's a two stroke penalty. A third regulation tip for your golf would be the embedded ball rule. Rules change from Europe to United States. But United States embedded ball rules, if your ball comes down and lands in its own pitch mark, if you notice this ball on the ground is, if I move this ball away, you can see the imprints of the ball. I don't have to play out of that. If the ball's actually embedded like that from it's own pitch mark, if it falls in a hole from a some other divot or something else, you don't get relief. But in this case, I would get relief from that. I'd be able to take the golf ball and drop it no near the hole to get away from my own pitch mark. That's called the embedded ball rule in golf. This Kevin Battersby. Thanks for watching.

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