Monday, September 15, 2014
Linda, we are aware that in a Red-staked Hazard area you are not allowed to ground your club. However, if the ball is in a Water Hazard somewhat exposed so that it is possible for a player to hit the ball, can the player’s club touch the water prior to addressing and striking the ball?
Lou from Florida
No. A player is not permitted to touch the water in a water hazard with his club prior to making his stroke [Rule 13-4b]. The penalty for doing so is two strokes (loss of hole in match play). You need to hover your club above the water at address, the same as you would hover your club above the sand in a bunker.
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