04 Feb 2021 | Golf Australia | Industry news |

Rules video hits mark for juniors

by Golf Australia

The R&A has launched a new video series for junior golfers to learn about the Rules of Golf and improve their enjoyment of the sport by understanding how to apply them on the course.

The Rules Skool Open features 10 episodes and each instalment follows the progress of featured player George Harper Jnr as he gets to grips with the Rules of Golf when faced with a number of different situations during the championship.

Claire Hargan, of The R&A’s rules team, joins the commentary to explain how the rules are applied in each situation while her colleague, Conor Finlay, becomes "Conor on Course" to provide practical demonstrations for young golfers to build their knowledge and understanding of the rules.

It will be available on The R&A YouTube channel, via the R&A website or the R&A's updated Rules of Golf App.

R&A rules director Grant Moir said: “We have created an entertaining and light-hearted video series that introduces the Rules of Golf to a younger audience in a new and fun way which will help junior golfers learn the key rules and how they are applied on the golf course.

“We know from research that most young people prefer to learn from watching videos and this series will support junior golfers in developing their understanding of the rules, making them more confident out on the golf course and adding to their enjoyment of the sport.”

Viewers can test their knowledge of the Rules of Golf by answering quiz questions that accompany the videos.

The organisation is also collaborating with its affiliated national federations and other golf bodies to encourage junior golfers to watch the series and learn about the Rules of Golf. A digital pack which includes practical advice and resources for junior golf organisers is also provided via RandA.org.

The launch of the Rules Skool Open is a highlight of The R&A’s "Rules Week" which is running across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube at a time when the governing body would normally stage the globally attended Tournament Administrators and Referees School in St Andrews.

Rules Week includes video interviews with leading officials including Simon Magdulski, David Rickman, Andy McFee and John Paramor. It also features a player’s perspective on the rules from two-time Open champion Padraig Harrington and the story of the now-famous rules situation encountered by 2017 Open champion Jordan Spieth at the 13th hole during the final round of The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale.

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