Is This Okay?
See if you can distinguish a rules violation from something that’s perfectly allowable
1 Your ball is resting on the edge of a slope on the green. After you mark and replace your ball, you’re afraid it might start rolling down the slope while you wait for your turn to putt. So you mark it and lift it again. When it’s your turn, you quickly replace the ball in its proper spot and putt before it can roll down the slope.
2 Your ball lands and stops next to some fresh paint in the fairway used to mark ground under repair. It’s all over the ball, so you mark it, lift it and try to scrub off the paint with your towel.
3 You teed your ball in front of the markers (a two-shot penalty) and it goes out-of-bounds (a penalty of stroke and distance). Your opponent says you’re hitting your fourth shot when you re-tee.
4 A hill blocks your view of the green. After walking up the hill to see where the flag is, you go back to your ball, adjust the position of a twig in front of you to indicate your target line, and then hit your shot.
5 Your opponent hits into a lateral water hazard. Instead of dropping another ball near where the original entered the hazard, he goes to the opposite side and drops by a spot that is the same distance from the hole as where his ball entered.
6 Your opponent’s tee shot hits a power line over the fairway and bounces into the rough. He says the course has a Local Rule that gives him the option of playing the ball as it lies or re-teeing
without penalty, so he’s going to inspect his lie before choosing the better option.
7 Your ball might be sitting in casual water, so you jump up and down to see if the ground is saturated. Water appears after you’ve jumped, so you want to take free relief.
8 You’ve lost all the balls in your bag, so you ask your opponent if you can have one of his to continue play.
9 Your playing partner’s ball comes to rest next to an irrigation-control box in the rough that will interfere with his next shot. He correctly measures for the drop but plops the ball into the fairway – not the rough.
10 Your club crashes into turf behind the ball, causing it to move. You then strike the moving ball during the through-swing. You think it’s one stroke because you hit the ball only once.