A player's ball
comes to rest in shallow water inside
the margin of a water hazard.
May the player take part of their stance
in the water to play their ball and may
they remove their shoes and socks to do
May the player improve their stance in
the water by kicking away several
stones, so that they do not have to
stand on them in bare feet?
Yes. There is nothing in the Rules that
prevents players from taking their
stance in water and they may remove
their shoes and socks to do so.
No. Stones are loose impediments, which
may not be moved when they and the ball
lie in or touch the same hazard, Rule
23-1. Penalty: two strokes in stroke
play or loss of hole in match play.
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