Q1: The line of putt is
an imaginary straight line between where the ball is at
rest and the hole. True or False?
A1: False. The line of
putt includes a reasonable distance on either side of
the intended line; it does not extend beyond the hole.
Definition of Line of Putt.
Q2: Which of the following items on a putting green may
not be removed by a player from their line of putt? a)
Sand. b) A leaf. c) A worm. d) Dew.
A2: d) Dew. Dew and frost
are not loose impediments. Definition of Loose
Q3: Players may remove loose impediments from their line
of putt with a brush, as in the photo. True or False?
A3: True. Loose
impediments may be removed by any means, providing the
line of putt is not pressed down. Decision 23-1/1.
Q4: In a four-ball stroke play competition your partner
is attending the flagstick and they touch the putting
green with the end of the flagstick while pointing to
where they think your putt should be aimed. What is the
ruling? a) There is no penalty. b) You incur a penalty
of one stroke. c) You incur a penalty of two strokes. d)
Your partner is disqualified from the hole.
A4: c) You incur a
penalty of two strokes.
Q5: Which of the following may be repaired on the line
of putt? a) The raised edge of an old hole plug. b) A
heel print. c) Flagstick damage. d) A spike mark.
A5: a) The raised edge of
an old hole plug.
Q6: A player may place their hand behind their ball on
the putting green to judge the wetness of the surface
(as in the photo). True or False?
A6: True. Providing the
line of putt is not touched and the lie of the ball is
not improved there is no breach of Rule 16-1a. Decision
Q7: A player may tap down a ball mark on their line of
putt that has already been repaired by a player in a
previous group. True or False?
A7: True. Decision
Q8: A player may mop up casual water on their line of
putt. True or False.
A8: False. Decision
Q9: Which of the following incurs a penalty? a) Touching
the line of putt in measuring. b) Touching the line of
putt in pressing down a ball marker. c) Touching the
line of putt when placing a putter in front of the ball
during address. d) None of these circumstances incurs a
None of these circumstances incurs a penalty.