There are many instances where a player may take relief. In these cases, the player has the option of taking a drop.
– Abnormal Course Condition
– Animal Hole
– Ground Under Repair
– Immovable Obstruction
– No Play Zone
– Outside a bunker
– Penalty Area
– Stroke and Distance
– Temporary Water
– Wrong Green
Common denominator in all those situations
– The player does not need to mark the ball
– The player may substitute a ball
– The player may clean the ball
– In all cases, the player must find a reference point (to determine where the relief area will be.
– The player must drop his or a ball in a relief area and the ball must be played from this relief area.
The relief area is either one or two club-lengths from the reference point not nearer the hole. In the coming weeks, I will give more details.
NEW RULE FOR 2019
The ball must be dropped in the relief area and must stay in the area before we play the shot
– If the ball is played from outside the relief area: (General penalty : 2 strokes in Stroke Play and loss of hole in Match Play
– If the ball is not drop in the right way but is played within the relief area: 1 stroke.