Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Ask Linda #1035-Stand in hazard, ground club outside hazard
I have a question that I have searched the net for but cannot find an answer to in any blog or even on the R&A website.
My ball lands on the fairway but very close to a hazard. Being right handed I must partly stand in the hazard to play the ball. If I ground my club outside the hazard but whilst standing in the hazard is that a penalty?
Lou from the UK
There is no restriction on where you may stand to hit your ball. The location of the ball dictates whether there is a penalty for grounding your club. Except when your ball lies in a hazard, you are always entitled to ground your club.
Interestingly enough, if your ball lies just outside a bunker, you are permitted to ground your club in the bunker to hit your ball [Decision 13-4/1]. Again, the key is where the ball lies – since the ball is neither in the bunker nor touching it, there is no restriction on where you may ground your club.
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