Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ask Linda #1577-Practice swing in bunker

Dear Linda,
May a practice swing be made in a bunker during a round, even if my ball never entered any sand bunker prior? Would a player be allowed to take a practice swing and allow the clubface to touch the sand in order to test the sand?
Thank you,
Lou from Atlanta

Dear Lou,

Yes. You may test the condition of the sand when your ball does not lie in a bunker or is not required to be dropped in a bunker. However, it is expected that you will carefully rake the area where you take a practice swing. Also, you must not unduly delay play.

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