Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Ask Linda #1198-Use clubhead to mark ball
We have clean and place on your own fairway, 6" not nearer the hole. In a recent tournament, a player put his clubhead down beside the ball, picked it up and gave it a quick wipe and then placed it on the fairway within 6" of his clubhead. Another player queried should he have put a proper marker down rather than using his clubhead.
I said I didn't think it was a penalty as it was in the middle of the fairway, but on the green it’s different and a marker must be used. I couldn't be 100% certain though.
As always, your help and advice is greatly appreciated.
Lou from New Zealand
You may be surprised to learn that you are permitted to mark your ball using a clubhead both on the fairway and on the putting green. The use of a ball marker or small coin is recommended for marking the position of your ball, but it is not required. Decision 20-1/16 gives examples of ways to mark your ball that are not recommended but are, nevertheless, permissible:
• placing the toe of a club at the side of, or behind, the ball;
• using a tee;
• using a loose impediment;
• scratching a line, provided the putting green is not tested (Rule 16-1d) and a line for putting is not indicated (Rule 8-2b). As this practice may cause damage to the putting green, it is discouraged.
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