May a player have his caddie or
four-ball partner help him align his
putt when his ball lies on the putting
Other than on the putting green who may
assist a player by indicating their line
of play to them...
a) their partner?
b) their caddie?
c) their partner
and their caddie?
May a player's caddie, or partner, stand
immediately behind them while they make
a) when their ball lies on the putting
b) when their ball lies on the fringe of
the putting green?
c) when their ball lies on the fairway?
d) when their ball is teed on the teeing
Yes. Rule 8-2b (see below).
d) anyone. Rule 8-2a (see below)
a) No, Rule 14-2.
b) No, Rule 14-2.
c) No, Rule 14-2.
d) No, Rule 14-2.
Penalty: two strokes in stroke play or
loss of hole in match play.
Rule 8-2a states;
on the putting green, a player may
have the line of play indicated to
him by anyone, but
no one may be positioned by the
player on or close to the line or an
extension of the line beyond the
hole while the stroke is being made.
Any mark placed by the player or
with his knowledge to indicate the
line must be removed before the
stroke is made.
Rule 8-2b states;
When the player's
ball is on the putting green, the
player, his partner or either of
their caddies may, before
but not during the stroke,
point out a line for putting, but in
so doing the putting green must not
be touched. A mark must not be
placed anywhere to indicate a line
Rule 14-2 states;
In making a stroke, a player must
... b. Allow his caddie, his partner
or his partner's caddie to position
himself on or close to an extension
of the line of play or the line of
putt behind the ball.
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