Rainmaker – A shot with a very high trajectory

Knee-knocker – A nervous reaction when a golfer has a short putt (3 to 4 feet) remaining for the next putt.

In the Leather – A putted ball close enough to the hole to be given by the other players, ie. inside the distance of your putter’s grip.

Frog Hair – Closely-mown grass surrounding the green.


Two longtime golf enthusiasts were discussing their scores over a beer in the clubhouse.

“I can’t understand it”, one said disgustingly. “I’ve been playing this darn game for fifteen years now and I get worse and worse every year. Do you know last year I played worse than the year before, and the year before that, the same thing?”

“That’s depressing” commiserated the other, “How are you doing this year?”

“Put it this way”, said the first unhappily, “I’m already playing next year’s game!”

Rule 7.1 – Finding and Identifying rules

7.1  How to Fairly Search for Ball

  1. You May Take Reasonable Actions to Find and Identify Ball

You may fairly search for the ball by taking reasonable actions to find and identify it, such as:

  • Moving sand and water, and
  • Moving or bending grass, bushes, tree branches and other growing or attached natural objects, and also breaking such objects, but only if such breaking is a result of other reasonable actions taken to find or identify the ball.

If taking such reasonable actions as part of a fair search improves the conditions affecting the stroke there is no penalty. But if the improvement results from actions that exceeded what was reasonable for a fair search, you get the general penalty.

  1. What to Do If Sand Affecting Lie of Your Ball Is Moved While Trying to Find or Identify It

You must re-create the original lie in the sand, but may leave a small part of the ball visible if the ball had been covered by sand.

If you play the ball without having re-created the original lie, you get the general