A player's ball lies under some growing
a) Are the creepers loose
impediments, which may be removed?
b) May the
player move the creepers to see if they are loose or
c) May the player move the
creepers aside in order to see their ball while making a
stroke at it?
a) No, anything growing is not a loose impediment.
Definition of Loose Impediment.
providing that when the creeper is found not to be
loose, it has not become detached and is returned to its
original position before the stroke is made. Decision
c) No. A player is not
necessarily entitled to see their ball when making a
stroke. Rule 12-1.
A player's ball lies in a badly maintained
bunker that has grass growing within its
a) Does the player incur a penalty for touching
the grass with their practice swing?
b) Does the player incur a penalty for touching
the grass with the backswing of their stroke?
a) No, providing they do not do anything to
improve their lie, stance or area of intended
b) No, because the grass is growing and is not
therefore a loose impediment.
Note to Rule 13-4:
At any time, including at address or in the
backward movement for the stroke, the player
may touch, with a club or otherwise, any
obstruction, any construction declared by
the Committee to be an integral part of the
course or any grass, bush, tree or
other growing thing.
'Rhodes Rules School'
Q&A will follow next week,