Article 14 of 31 about the 2019-Rules of Golf draft:
“Ball embedded in its own pitch mark”
This is part 14 (of 31) in a series of blogs about some of the proposed changes to the
Rules of Golf effective as of January 1st 2019. Focusing on when you find that your ball is embedded in a pitch mark.
14. BALL EMBEDDED IN ITS OWN PITCH MARK.
In the proposed 2019-Rules of Golf the rule about a ball embedded in its own pitch mark
14-1. The area in which you can take relief.
Under Rule 252. in the current Rules of Golf you are allowed to take relief without penalty,
only if your ball lies in a closely mown area (= cut to fairway-height or lower)… unless the
golf club has made a local rule, which expands the area to encompassing the entire
“through the green” (i.e. also e.g. the rough).
Under the proposed 2019-Rules of Golf it has been you are allowed to take relief without
penalty all over the course in “The general area” (see this blog), unless the golf club by
local rule has stated, that it is only allowed in closely mowed areas.
14.2. Procedure: How to take relief.
Also the procedure for taking relief when the ball is embedded in a pitch mark has changed.
Under the current Rule, you must drop the ball immediately behind the spot, where the
ball is embedded.
Under the proposed 2019-Rules of Golf, you must drop in a relief area, which is defined
as the area directly behind the ball and then 20 inches away (not closer to the hole).
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This post was written by The Oswald Academy.