..... Marking and Lifting a Ball
Q1: In the photo, a player's ball has come
to rest in or on an aeration hole on the
green. They may mark, lift, and replace
their ball next to the aeration hole. True
A1: False. Unless
there is a Local Rule permitting relief, the
player must replace the ball at the same
place where it was marked. Decision 25/15.
Q2: Which of the following is it not
permissible to use for marking a ball on the
putting green? a) A 3" tee peg. b) The toe
of a putter head. c) A twig lying close to
the ball. d) A repaired pitch mark. e) All
of the above.
A2: d) A repaired
pitch mark. Decision 20-1/16. However, it is
recommended that players should only mark
their ball with a ball-marker, a small coin
or other similar object.
Q3: A player must mark their ball before
lifting it to take relief without penalty
from an immovable obstruction or an abnormal
ground condition. True or False?
A3: False: A ball only
has to be marked before it is lifted when
the Rules require it to be replaced.
Q4: Apart from on the putting green, only
the player may mark and lift their ball.
True or False?
A4: False. Rule 20-1.
A ball to be lifted under the Rules may be
lifted by the player, his partner or another
person authorised by the player. In any such
case, the player is responsible for any
breach of the Rules.
Q5: A ball may only be marked, lifted and
replaced once, except on the putting green.
True or False?
A5: True. Rule 20-4. A
ball that has been lifted under the Rules is
again in play when it has been placed.
Q6: A player mistakenly places a different
ball on the putting green at the spot where
he had marked his original ball. However, he
discovers his error before playing his next
stroke, places his original ball on the spot
from which it was lifted and holes out with
it. What is the ruling? a) No penalty was
incurred. b) He incurred a penalty of one
stroke. c) He incurred a penalty of two
A6: a) No penalty was
incurred. Decision 15-2/2. The player
corrected the error before making a stroke.
Q7: In stroke play, a player who had marked
and lifted their ball on the putting green
could not find his ball-marker when it was
his turn to play. Subsequently, he found it
stuck to the sole of his shoe. What penalty
was incurred? a) No penalty. b) One stroke.
c) Two strokes.
A7: b) One stroke.
Decision 20-1/5.5. Rule 20-1 contemplates
that the ball-marker, marking the exact
position of where the ball was at rest, will
remain in position until the ball is
Q8: A fellow-competitor who lifts a
competitor's ball on the putting green
without their authority incurs a penalty of
one stroke. True or False?
A8: False. Rule 18-4.
There is no penalty and the ball must be
Q9: If a player drops their ball on their
ball-marker, causing it to move sideways, as
they bend down to replace their ball there
is no penalty. True or False?
A9: False. Decision
20-1/15. Dropping the ball, regardless of
the height from which it was dropped, is not
considered to be "directly attributable" and
would result in the player incurring a