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PDGA Rules & Interpretations


PDGA Rules & Interpretations

This is a place to discuss PDGA rules and ask for clarification of rules that have several interpretations, or you may not understand fully.

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Don't be afraid to post questions, I see lots of people asking question were it comes down to interpretations of the rules, the answers are not always black and white!

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Comment by DOC65 on February 22, 2009 at 12:06pm
Looks to me like he could have ignored the mandatory since his disc had already passed it even though the disc recrossed it.

803.12 Mandatories
A. A mandatory restricts the path the disc may take to the target. A disc must pass
the correct side of the mandatory before the hole is completed. Once the disc has
completely passed the mandatory line on the correct side (even if it subsequently
re-crosses the line), the mandatory is to be ignored
Comment by AuSSie on February 22, 2009 at 11:05am
Ok i have one that has happened before and it stumped a few people.

There was a tripple mando Left top and right hand to go through the square. It went through the square and then it hit a tree and bounced of the tree back through the square and then rolled around to the side.

with the shot ending up to the side it would have made it very hard to go through the mando again but no one was sure if he had to because it had already passed through once. In the end the player did a awsome shot and got it through the mando and putted in.

Any of you guys know what the rule on mando is?
Comment by Grog on February 21, 2009 at 10:02pm
Very important also, if you see what might be a rules infraction bring it up to the other people on the card and the TD. I was running a club mini a few months back. We had an usually large number of newbies that day. After the round was over and cash paid an individual came up and asked about relief on obstructed play. Seems the winner of the rec card had landed behind a tree several times and stepped out into the fairway for his upshot. After the money is in his pocket, he has gotten into his car and driven away is not the time to file a complaint. The individual was reprimanded at the next mini, by this we clarified the rules for him. There are other solutions to some one caught cheating, purposely or other wise during a PDGA event. If the culprit has no PDGA member number on file though your pretty much back to square 1.
Comment by Ken Long on February 21, 2009 at 1:31pm
Also...I think a common infraction would be moving debris from around your disc to get a better stance. Make sure you know what you can and can't move.
Comment by Ken Long on February 21, 2009 at 1:24pm
Super H,
Maybe you could go to a disc golf distributor an buy a (most up to date) rule book as well as ask questons here on this site. A rule book in your bag will quiet alot of pretenders.
Comment by DOC65 on February 21, 2009 at 1:16pm
Super H - Pointer numero uno - Learn to mark you lie correctly. Flipping your disc over is not correct so be sure and avoid doing that in tournaments. A lot of folks will do it in casual play and minis and no one really cares. But PDGA events are a different story and the rules do not allow for that method of marking. Get a mini marker and develop the habit of using it.

One of our local Pro's (Hero) here in the DFW area taught me that and what do you know the first tournament I played in we had a guy in our group who would not only flip his disc over but then would stand on it!! I couldn't believe it. Needless to say when I called him on it he gave me the typical story that Hero said he would, "I've been playing for years and it's in the rules that I can do that!!" Well, he never did find it in the rules.

That's the best starter pointer I have today. :-)
Comment by Red Line Disc Golf on February 21, 2009 at 9:53am
The most common infractions that I have encountered (believe me I'm no expert) are marking your lie, putt infractions, foot faults, and score card infractions. The advice I would give on these are as followed: Be conscious of not touching your marker or disc on your second shot, you can be close but your not to make contact with the marker. Be mindful of how far you are from the basket so you know when a jump put is legal, also make sure that you place your disc into the basket on your putt and that you don't just slap the chains. Make sure that the disc has left your hand before your foot crosses the end of the pad, (or fault line) this is the one I see the most. When you tally out the score card you are not only responsible for the accuracy of your score but every one in the group, if they add wrong and you allow them to turn it in it will cost you points. Also you have to tally the score ie 54, 57 (my first tournament I wrote -1 -2 when I was under par for the hole, and latter found that was wrong it ended up costing me points)

Hope this helps, like I said I'm no expert but there are a lot of them on this site so I can tell you for sure that the answers are out there if you have specific questions.
Comment by LSDiscs-Neileo on February 21, 2009 at 9:01am
Agreed...besides, my PDGA rule book got put in the wash...now its no more...I'm game to be apart of this club though, I'm a firm believer in the rules, especially during events....
Comment by super_h on February 21, 2009 at 9:01am
ok i just started playing 7 months ago, but i havent played in any tournys, yet but i plan on entering zboaz open in march here in tx. but i need some pointers

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