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New edition of ‘Golf Rules Quick Reference’

9.35am 20th January 2012 - Media

Every golfer knows the situation—on the course you run into a rules problem that leaves you and your playing partners unsure how to proceed. You only have a few minutes, if not seconds, to find the correct solution. Well, help has arrived. The completely revised, pocket-sized “Golf Rules Quick Reference 2012-2015” provides instant help in clearing up hazy situations involving the often-confusing Rules of Golf.

The handy, plastic-coated flip guide answers every rules question at a glance, as each rules situation is illustrated.

“The fact is, most golfers, including many tour professionals, don’t have a thorough knowledge of all of the Rules of Golf, other than the basics,” says Yves C. Ton-That, “Golf Rules Quick Reference 2012-2015” author and an international rules official for more than 10 years. “The ‘Golf Rules Quick Reference’ guide provides quick answers to rules questions because it uses 170 illustrations and easy-to-understand language instead of dry, legal verbiage nobody understands. Keeping ‘Golf Rules Quick Reference’ in your golf bag will enable you to avoid embarrassment and arguments, and will also allow you to take full advantage of the various relief procedures and free drops you weren’t aware of before.”

The user-friendly booklet, written in easy-to-understand English, is organized into eight sections, just as a course is laid out,  among them “Tee”, “Fairway and Rough”, “Bunker”, “Water Hazard” and “Green”.

This guide belongs in every golfer’s bag because its numerous relief procedures help save strokes and prevent arguments among players. In fact, the innovative overview chart on the last page answers 80 percent of golfers’ questions—without even having to flip open the booklet!

Ton-That spent four years developing the original “Golf Rules Quick Reference Guide”. It became an instant success and has sold more than one million copies. It is available in 50+ countries in more than 20 languages.

Multiple Awards

After being voted the second-best new product at the PGA Merchandise Show, the world’s largest golf convention, the “Golf Rules Quick Reference Guide ” has won another award—the “GOLF EUROPE Product Award” for being the second-best new “Accessories” category product at the GOLF EUROPE trade show.

The original edition has also received other awards, endorsements and favorable reviews by a number of publications, players and organizations, including Golf Digest, PGA Tour Partners, World Golf Hall of Fame golfer Gary Player and Golf Channel. In fact, Golf Digest says the booklet is “the best effort yet to decipher the … Rules of Golf”, while members of PGA Tour Partners magazine give the guide 9 points out of 10.

The new edition

The author has entirely revised and updated “Golf Rules Quick Reference” to include the new rules that took effect on 1 January, 2012. The updated “Golf Rules Quick Reference 2012-2015” will be available on 1 February 2012 in bookstores and golf shops or at

The 2012 edition’s most important changes include:

“We are extremely grateful for the countless rave reviews of our previous books that simplify the Rules of Golf in language all golfers can understand,” Ton-That says. “I am confident the completely updated “Golf Rules Quick Reference 2012-2015” will not only surpass our previous publications in popularity, but will also become an indispensable tool in every golfer’s bag.”

“Golf Rules Quick Reference 2012-2015. A practical guide for use on the course” by Yves C. Ton-That, 48 pages, 170-plus full-colour illustrations, plastic coated, spiral binding, Artigo Publishing, 1st edition 2012, ISBN 978-3-909596-49-2, $12.95.

Available in Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Vietnamese. More versions are currently being translated.

The website for Golf Rules Quick Reference 2012–2015 is


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