In the diagram, which of the following is not a loose
impediment? a) Orange peel. b) A rock. c) An insect. d)
A match stick.
A1: d) A match stick. Because it is a manufactured,
artificial object. Definitions of Loose Impediment and
Q2: Anything that is artificial cannot be a loose
impediment. True or False?
A2: True. Except that some
natural objects may still be loose impediments even
though they have been processed in some way, e.g. wood
chips, crushed shells, fertiliser and mulch. Definition
A player who causes their ball on the fairway to move
whilst removing a loose divot lying alongside is
penalised one stroke and must replace the ball. True or
A3: True. Rule 23-1.
A leaf that is adhering to a ball may be carefully
removed without penalty. True or False?
A4: False. Decision 21/2 and Definition of Loose
Impediment. The player incurs a penalty of one stroke
for removing the leaf adhering to their ball.
A ball is lying in the rough amongst animal droppings.
Which statement is correct? a) The player may lift their
ball clean it, remove the droppings and then replace it,
without penalty. b) The player may lift their ball,
clean it and drop it at the nearest point of relief,
without penalty. c) The player may remove droppings
around the ball without causing it to move and then play
it as it lies, without penalty.
A5: c) The player may remove droppings around the ball
without causing it to move and then play it as it lies,
without penalty. Rule 23-1. There is a one stroke
penalty if the ball is moved and it must be replaced.
A player may not remove any loose impediment that might
influence the movement of their ball in motion (e.g. if
a ball struck up a steep slope rolls back down towards
them). True or False?
A6: True. Decision 1-2/8.
In the photo, a player’s ball has come to rest on the
fringe of the putting green amongst sand that had been
splashed out of the bunker by a player in a previous
group. Which of the following statements is true? a) The
player may remove sand from the fringe but not from the
putting green. b) The player may remove sand from the
putting green but not from the fringe. c) The player may
remove sand from both the putting green and the fringe.
A7: b) The player may remove sand from the putting green
but not from the fringe. Def. of Loose Impediment.
A player may use anything to remove a loose impediment,
including; a brush, the back of their hand, a towel, or
the back of a rake. True or False?
A8: True. Decision 23-1/1. The player must not press
anything down while removing the loose impediment.
A player may obtain assistance from spectators, caddies
and fellow-competitors to remove a large loose
impediment (e.g. a boulder). True or False?