No.22 Touching Ball in
A player is not sure
if it is his ball that he has found in long grass as he cannot see
his identification mark;
a) Does he have to
announce, to an opponent or fellow competitor, his intention to touch
his ball so as to identify it?
b) Does he have to mark
the position of his ball before touching it?
c) May he clean the ball
after he has lifted it?
d) Is there a penalty for
touching the ball to identify it without marking it?
a) Yes, he may only lift
his ball in order to identify it if he has given his opponent, marker or
fellow competitor an opportunity to observe the lifting and replacement.
b) Yes, the position of
the ball must be marked before touching or lifting it.
c) The ball may only be
cleaned to the extent necessary for identification.
d) Yes, the player incurs
a one stroke penalty if he does not comply with all or any part of the
Note: A player may not
touch a ball other than as provided for in the Rules (Rule 18-2a). Under
Rules 12-2 and 20-1, a ball may only be lifted (or touched and rotated)
for identification purposes if the player follows the correct procedure.
May a player rotate their ball on the putting green, to
line up the trademark with the hole, without marking its
Answer 2: No.
Note: As above, there is a one stroke penalty for
touching a ball other than as provided for in the Rules
(Rule 18-2a). The ball must be marked before being
touched, even on the putting green.
School' Q&A will
follow next week,
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