With everything there is to know about the game, this indispensable guide is like having a golf pro by your side at all times. Where better than an official publication of the United States Golf Association to learn the 34 rules of golf? Every four years, the USGA, with The R&A in St. Andrews, revise the rules in an effort to adapt them to new situations that may have come to light in international competitions. Only here you will find the updated complete regulations as amended in 2008 (good until 2011), with more than 100 illustrations designed to make understanding them even easier. Best of all, there's a particular emphasis on those situations that always seem to cause difficulty for golfers of all skill levels. Obstructions, bunkers, out of bounds, lost balls, unplayable balls, water hazards, loose impediments, casual waters--these are just some of what you'll find. There are also explanations of when and how you can legally improve your lie, winter rules, and much more. Whether you're engaged in stroke play or match play, in a friendly foursome or fighting for your club championship, knowledge of the rules will increase your enjoyment of the game and maybe even shave a few strokes off your score.