Monday, June 25, 2018

Ask Linda #1764-DZ in GUR is closer to hole

Hi Linda,
I drove the T-shot for a par 4 hole and my ball went to the Point of A, which is in the big GUR.
There were 3 Dropping Zones in that GUR as in attached drawing. Then, I couldn't drop my ball in DZ 1 or DZ 2 as it would be nearer to the hole. (Is this correct?)
I didn't want to drop at DZ 3 as it would be further than my place of A and I couldn't get on in two. Therefore, I have asked to my partners whether I can drop at Point B, which was in the rough of right side of Fairway and not nearer to the hole.  If I can drop at Point B, I can get on in two and can get par easily.
Then, my partners did not allow me to drop at Point B as there were DZs and told me I should drop at DZ 3. 
Therefore, could you please answer with the related rules and what should be the correct decision, please?
Thanks in advanced for you kind help and answer.
Lou from Yangon, Myanmar

Dear Lou,

When the course has provided Dropping Zones (DZ) for ground under repair, you may use them, regardless of whether they lie closer to the hole. The Local Rule that authorizes the DZs should state whether they are mandatory or optional, and may direct you to use the nearest DZ. Your diagram would seem to indicate the nearest DZ to be DZ 1. If the Local Rule does not specify which DZ to use, you may use any of them.

If the DZs are optional, the player may drop in a DZ, play the ball as it lies, or take the relief from ground under repair provided in Rule 25-1b. If you choose to take relief under Rule 25-1b, you must drop within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, not closer to the hole. Point B in your diagram does not meet that requirement; you may not drop at Point B. 


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Friday, June 22, 2018

Ask Linda #1763-Breach of same Rule multiple times

Ciao Linda,
I am reading the Decisions book to find out the solution to something I saw on the course.
Scenario: The players are on the green. Player A replaced the ball after lifting, he removed the marker and then started aligning the ball to the hole by touching and rotating the ball, moving a step backward to check the alignment, then touching the ball again, etc. He did this two or three times before putting.
Decision 1-4/12 should help me to understand, but it doesn't. Should those 2 or 3 touches be considered a single action (connected actions, #3) or individual actions (#6)?
He has to be charged for a 1-stroke penalty or more?

As usual, thanks for your reply.

Best regards from the Czech Republic.

Dear Lou,

A single penalty is applied when the player breaches the same Rule more than once prior to his stroke. The situation you describe is similar to the first example under #3 of Decision 1-4/12. In that example, the player takes several practice swings in a bunker, touching the ground each time. The player is penalized only once.

In your situation, the player rotated his unmarked ball several times prior to putting the ball. The penalty for deliberately touching or moving your ball in play is one stroke [Rule 18-2]. Even though the player rotated the ball several times, he is only assessed one penalty stroke for the infraction.

The ruling is logical. The player was unaware of one Rule. It would be unfair to penalize him several times for multiple, consecutive violations of the same Rule. On the other hand, if he rotated the unmarked ball once, was immediately informed by a fellow competitor or opponent (or anyone) that his action was not permitted under the Rules, and he subsequently rotated the unmarked ball, he would incur a penalty for each of those additional rotations. As soon as the player is made aware of an infraction, he cannot avoid penalty for subsequent violations of the same Rule.

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ask Linda #1762-Double hit?

Hi Linda.
While attempting to chip a ball toward the green, I stubbed my club into the ground. My club did not make contact with the ball but the grass caused the ball to pop into the air. During my follow through, my club struck the ball and moved it forward.
Although my club only contacted the ball once, one player told me this was a double-hit while another thought I should be penalized for causing the ball to move.
Thank you
Lou from Ontario

Dear Lou,

A stroke is the forward movement of the club with the intention to hit the ball [Definition of “Stroke”]. There is no requirement that the club actually contact the ball (hence a whiff is a stroke). Similar to a well-executed bunker shot, where the club strikes the sand but not the ball, your stroke hit the ground, which caused the ball to move. When your club contacted the ball on your follow through, you incurred the one-stroke penalty for contacting the ball more than once during a stroke [Rule 14-4].

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Ask Linda #1761-Leaving the course

Hi Linda,
Leaving the course during a game is not allowed, subject to disqualification, as I understand!
So if your ball lies just inside the out of bounds marker, but your stance takes you outside, what is the ruling?

Great blog by the way!!

Kind regards
Lou from England, U.K.

Dear Lou,

A player may stand out of bounds to hit a ball that lies in bounds [Definition of “Out of Bounds;” Rule 6-8a Note].

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Ask Linda #1760-Accidentally touch ball

Getting ready to putt, I accidentally touched my ball, on the putting green. It was not part of my putting stroke and the ball did not move. Is there a penalty?  

During a previous tournament, a similar situation occurred on the fairway and the rules official said no penalty as the ball did not move.

Thank you.
Lulu from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Dear Lulu,

There is no penalty for accidentally touching your ball, provided the ball has not moved.

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Monday, June 18, 2018

A very special hole-in-one

Hi Linda,

You may remember about a year ago my story about my guide dog Webster and him moving a player’s ball…then my wife collecting him because of the heat []. Well, just for info, on Saturday, after 45 years, I scored my first ever hole in one on the par 3, 14th hole at our golf club. It’s 175 yards long and the effort was witnessed by my three playing partners and Webster. It also happened to be my first ever eagle.

Just thought you might be interested. The odds of a normal sighted golfer getting an ace are around 15,000 to 1. What must be the odds of a registered blind person with his guide dog?

Lou from Somerset, U.K.