The player is taking
relief by dropping a ball within one club-length of the nearest
point of relief, which they have marked with a tee peg;
Which picture(s) shows an acceptable
manner for dropping the ball?
c) Both A & B.
Does the player have to mark the limit of
the one club-length with a tee peg or some other physical
Who must drop the ball?
a) Only the player.
b) The player or their partner.
c) The player, their partner, or either of
If a ball is dropped not in accordance
with the Rules does the player immediately incur a penalty?
Only B. The player must stand erect, hold
the ball at shoulder height and arm's length and drop it. Rule
No. See the explanation below**.
a) Only the player. A ball to be dropped
under the Rules must be dropped by the player. Rule 20-2.
No. A ball that has been dropped, but not
in accordance with the Rules, and has not been played, may be
lifted, without penalty, and dropped again. Rule 20-6.
** Although there is a recommended
procedure for determining the nearest point of relief, the Rules do not
require a player to determine this point when proceeding under Rule
24-2, 24-3, 25-1 or 25-3. If a player does not determine a nearest point
of relief accurately or identifies an incorrect nearest point of relief,
a penalty only arises if, as a result, the player drops their ball at a
spot which does not satisfy the requirements of the Rule under which
they are proceeding and they then play the ball (e.g. the spot is more
than one club-length from the correct nearest point of relief or the
ball is dropped nearer to the hole than the nearest point of relief). In
such circumstances, the player would be penalised for playing from a
wrong place. Rule 20-7.
Do the Rules permit a player to put spin on
their ball as they drop it?
No. If a player purposely drops their ball
with spin they incur a penalty of one stroke under Rule 20-2a for
dropping the ball in an improper manner, unless they correct their
mistake, as permitted by Rule 20-6.
'Rhodes Rules School'
Q&A will follow next week,