‘Rhodes Rules School’


No. 81 Damaged Club

 

 

After playing three poor shots in succession a player bends his club across his knee in frustration.

 

Question 1: 

May the player have the club repaired and use it again during the stipulated round?

 

Question 2:

May the player try to straighten the club themselves and use it again during the stipulated round?

 

Question 3: 

May the player replace the damaged club…

a) … if he is carrying 14 clubs?

b) … if he is carrying 13 or less clubs?

 

Answer 1:

No. 

 

Answer 2:

No.

 

Answer 3:

a) No. Rule 4-4.

b) Yes. Decision 4-3/8.

 

Rule 4-3b states;

If, during a stipulated round, a player's club is damaged other than in the normal course of play rendering it non-conforming or changing its playing characteristics, the club must not subsequently be used or replaced during the round.

__________

 

 

In trying to play a stroke close to a tree a player snaps the shaft of their club on their follow-through.

 

Question 4:

May the player replace the damaged club …

a) … if he is carrying 14 clubs?

b) … if he is carrying 13 or less clubs?

 

Answer 4:

a) Yes.

b) Yes.

 

Rule 4-3a states;

If, during a stipulated round, a player's club is damaged in the normal course of play, he may:

(i) use the club in its damaged state for the remainder of the stipulated round; or

(ii) without unduly delaying play, repair it or have it repaired; or

(iii) as an additional option available only if the club is unfit for play, replace the damaged club with any club. The replacement of a club must not unduly delay play and must not be made by borrowing any club selected for play by any other person playing on the course.

 

 

Another ‘Rhodes Rules School’ Q&A will follow next week,

 

Good golfing,

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