No.12 Nearest Point of
Question 1: A
player's ball lies in casual water, as above. Where is the
nearest point of relief from which they may drop their ball
within one club-length; A, B, C or D;
a) if they are
b) if they are
Answer: a) Point A,
b) Point C.
Points B and D are nearer the hole
then where the ball is at rest. Point C cannot be the nearest
point of relief for a right-handed player, as they would still
have to take their stance in casual water. Similarly, point A
for a left-handed player.
The player may drop their ball
within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, not
nearer the hole. The ball may be cleaned when lifted under this
Rule. If a ball to be dropped or placed under this Rule is not
immediately recoverable, another ball may be substituted.
Question 2: Where is
the nearest point of relief from the ground under repair
area for a right-handed player?
a) Point A, in the middle of the trunk
of the tree.
b) Point B, immediately behind the
c) Point C, just clear of the tree.
Answer: a) Point A, in the middle
of the trunk of the tree.
In order to find the nearest point of relief from
ground under repair (an abnormal ground condition)
the player must take their stance at the nearest
point to where their ball lies that avoids the
interference from the area of ground under repair.
The nearest point of relief is where their ball
would be positioned with this stance. Note that the
player should use the club with which they would
have made their next stroke if the condition were
not there to simulate the address position,
direction of play and swing for such a stroke.
Remember, that Rule 25-1b says that a player
may take relief from an abnormal ground
condition. It does not say that they must
take relief. So, in the photo above the player would
probably be better off taking their next stroke from
where their ball was at rest in the ground under
repair, rather than taking the available relief.
However, there may be a Local Rule making it
mandatory to take relief. If you don't already know
whether there is such a Local Rule you should always
check before lifting your ball.
Another 'Rhodes Rules
School' Q&A will follow next week.
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