Relief from Water Hazard (Again)
Let us see if
readers remember where to drop their ball when taking relief
from a water hazard, which was first covered in 'Rhodes
Rules School No.38'.
photo is an aerial view of the famous 17th, island green hole at TPC at
Sawgrass. The white (A), yellow (B) and blue (C) lines represent the
line of flight for three players' tee shots. The trajectories of the
balls are high in the air, but straight between the teeing ground and
the putting green. A's ball lands in the water short of the putting
green, B's ball bounces past the hole and into the water and C's ball
lands on the putting green and spins back into the water. None of the
balls can be played from in the water.
Assuming that it is a water hazard defined on all sides by yellow
stakes/lines, that there is no relevant Local Rule in operation, no
dropping zone and that the player does not choose to play again from the
teeing ground; Where must A, B & C drop their balls, under penalty of
In the photo below, each player must drop a ball behind the hazard
anywhere on a continuation of the dotted line drawn from the flagstick
through where their ball last crossed the margin of the hazard.
Remember that this is a
The trajectory of each
ball is high in the air on a straight line.
Note: In the case of A
this option would mean dropping on the 17th tee box, so in reality the
player would probably choose to play again from the teeing ground.
Note: Rule 26-1b
states that the player may under penalty of one stroke;
ball behind the water hazard,, keeping the point at which the
original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard
directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is
dropped, with no limit to how far behind the water hazard the
ball may be dropped.
If you are not already
familiar with them, I recommend that you view my two short videos on
taking relief from water hazards. I have received many positive
comments about them from golfers who say that previously they had
never fully understood where to drop their ball when taking relief
from a water hazard.
Click here and scroll down to view the videos.
Rules School' Q&A
will follow next week,
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