There are a few natural rules that apply to golf. Let me lay them out:
- A lost ball found will seek to be returned to lost status.
- A ball found in the water will return to the water at the next opportunity.
- A player will hook the ball on a dogleg right hole and slice the ball on a dogleg left hole. Unless the player is left-handed.
- The odds of the above increase exponentially with the amount of hazards on the opposite side of the dogleg.
- The shorter the expanse of water in front of a green, the shorter you will hit the ball trying to get over it.
- Golf balls seek the woods, sand traps, and water.
- The more you need a putt the less chance you have of making it.
- If you shoot a good score one day, you will shoot poor scores the next several times you play.
- The out of bounds stakes are always closer than you believe.
These are only the most common natural rules. I have not mentioned a few others involving any bets you make.