Saturday, January 3, 2015


Dear readers,

Happy New Year! With the end of 2014 comes the realization that I have been writing “Ask Linda” columns for a full seven years. Not so surprisingly (given the complexity of the Rules), I received so many questions during 2014 that I have well over 200 questions and answers waiting patiently to post during 2015. In fact, as of this writing, I have columns scheduled to post through the middle of December, which brings me to the reason I am writing to you now.

The Rules of Golf and the Decisions are revised every four years. Your current rulebook will expire at the end of 2015. I am not comfortable scheduling columns to post in 2016, since the answers I write may be incorrect based on whatever changes are made at the next revision. I do not want to stop answering your questions; nor do I wish to publish answers that don’t conform to the 2016 changes.

Here is what I propose to do:
• Answer all the questions you send me in 2015 personally. These e-mailed answers may not be as detailed as my columns, and I might simply send you a copy of the pertinent Rule or Decision.
• Save our correspondence in a file. Depending on how many questions I receive in 2016, post some or all of your 2015 questions on the blog in 2016 after studying the changes to the Rules and Decisions.
• Continue posting answers to follow-up questions or important corrections to the 2015 columns during 2015.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you throughout the year as you run into confusing situations on the golf course.