Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ask Linda-Question related to #951

Dear readers,

A number of you have responded to Ask Linda #951-Using tee in unusual manner, asking about the legality of cigarette smoking under the Rules of Golf.

Smoking a cigarette is not an unusual use of equipment (although I am looking forward to the day when all golf courses and public parks ban smoking). However, deliberately placing a cigarette in your mouth and pointing it at the ball to help your alignment would be an unusual use that would lead to disqualification under Rule 14-3.

Similarly, carrying a bottle of water is permitted. However, if you deliberately place that bottle of water on the putting green in order to gauge the slope, this would constitute an unusual use of equipment to assist you in your play and you would be disqualified [Decision 14-3/12.5].

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