New year, new rules: Rule No. 4

Updated: December 15, 2010, 11:09 AM ET
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Rule No. 4: Golfers shouldn't suffer for sins of the wind

Golf's rule book is filled with nitpicking that outsiders find silly -- a stroke penalty if you accidentally drop your ball and it moves your marker, for example -- but that purists defend to the death. Even hardened traditionalists, though, have to concede the following: If the wind moves your ball after you've addressed it, you shouldn't be penalized a stroke. Does the USGA really think the golfer and the elements are in cahoots? Time to bury that one in a sand trap.

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