NOVEMBER RULE OF THE MONTH
UNPLAYABLE BALL RELIEF
A player may decide to take Unplayable Ball Relief anywhere except in a Penalty Area (Rule 19.3)
A player has three options for an unplayable ball in a General Area or on the Putting Green
- Replay from original shot location (1 stroke penalty).
- Choose a spot as far back-on-the-line from the hole through where the ball lies. Drop within 1 club length of this spot, no nearer to the hole (1 stroke penalty).
- Drop a ball within 2 club lengths of the spot where the ball lies, no nearer to the hole (1 stroke penalty).
If a player’s ball lies in a bunker and the player takes unplayable ball relief she has the following options:
- Drop a ball within 2 club lengths of the spot where the ball lies no nearer to the hole and still remaining in the bunker (1 stroke penalty)
- For a 2-stroke penalty, player may choose a spot outside the bunker as far back-on-the-line from the hole through where the ball lies. Drop 1 club length of this spot, no nearer the hole.
If a player’s ball lies in a bunker and the player takes unplayable ball relief in the bunker for 1 penalty stroke under Rule 19-3a and then decides he or she cannot (or does not wish to )play the dropped ball as it now lies, the player is faced with a new situation:
- Unplayable ball relief may again be taken for one more penalty stroke, for a total of 2 penalty strokes, by either using stroke-and-distance relief and playing again from where the previous stroke was made or y using the ball’s new spot as the reference point for taking back-on-the-line of relief or lateral relief in the bunker.
- If the player instead decides to take relief by dropping a ball behind the bunker using the extra relief option under Rule 19.3b, he or she gets two more penalty strokes in addition to the one-stroke penalty for taking unplayable relief the first time, for a total of 3 penalty strokes.