Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Ask Linda #1417-Remove wood chips before dropping ball
Our head golf professional told us that a player cannot remove loose
impediments from the area of an intended drop. We have a lot of wood chips in areas on the course as a drought solution. I think these wood chips are loose impediments.
#1 Are wood chips loose impediments?
#2 Can loose impediments be removed from the intended area of a drop?
And, maybe one additional question - can a player basically sweep away three or so square feet of wood chips, to be sure that the dropped ball is on a clear dirt surface? It's sometimes difficult to remove the wood chips after the drop since there's a high risk that you'll cause the ball to move.
Lou from Encino, California
It may be time for you and your buddies to chip in and buy your pro a Decisions book.
• Wood chips are loose impediments [Decision 23/14].
• Players are permitted to remove loose impediments from the area where the ball will be dropped [Decision 23-1/6].
• I see no problem brushing away three square feet of wood chips, provided the player does not unduly delay play. The course might appreciate your brushing them back after your shot.
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