I play with my long time friend Dave Beck. I met Dave on a golf course and then the following week, we randomly were paired together on a different course in another part of Los Angeles and decided that fate had brought us together. It’s now been 17 years and we still golf together.
Dave is a character and he has what I call Beck Rules. Beck rules are a unique set of rules made up and sanctioned by Dave for the sole purpose of his personal enjoyment of the game. Dave is a great guy who has a huge heart and all of us kid him about his rules, he himself jokes about them. We love him all the same. I thought I would publish these rules and I am sure many of you will find them applicable the next time your play.
Rule 1: There is no such thing as the USGA rulebook for recreational golfers. Why? We don’t get paid to follow the rules
Rule 2: If I don’t like my lie, change it. See rule 1 for further explanation if you need it
Rule 3: When keeping score remember rule 1 and put down the score that will make you feel good about yourself.
Rule 4: Make sure you have enough excuses to cover the array of bad shots you may have. Blaming others is the best elixir to any round of golf
Rule 5: No matter how far from the hole your par putt goes, remember rule 1 and pick up and take a bogey.
Rule 6: When betting, don’t cheat. If you lose the hole, give your competitor credit for winning and then apply rule 3 and 1 when putting down your score.
Stay tuned for more Beck Rules and feel free to comment on additional ones your may have.
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