Reading the USGA rules book is about as fun as waiting in line at the DMV. Unfortunately it is something that every golfer needs to do. I cannot even count how many times I have seen golfers cost themselves strokes by simply not knowing their options. The rules are designed to keep the game fair for every player and even the field.
The USGA offers a quiz online, that can tell you just how well you know the rules. While it is nearly impossible to know every rule, the USGA Decisions book has roughly 1,200, every golfer should know the basics. Over the next few weeks there will be articles covering rules that affect golfers on a daily basis. In the meantime pick up the latest rules book from your local course or online. It is only a couple dollars and can save you countless strokes over the golfing season.