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Ball at Rest Moved A common occurrence while playing the game of golf


is that of a ball moving. A ball has moved when it has left its original spot and comes to rest in another loca- tion. By that definition, if a ball leaves its original spot and returns to its original location it hasn’t moved. This is a long and somewhat complicated rule that has cost players at the highest level thousands of dollars. Knowing what to do when your ball has moved will save you strokes and maybe even some money as well.


NO PENALTY


The player is not penalized for removing a movable obstruction, even if it’s in a bunker.


By Ryan Gregg, Director of Education


PENALTY


The player is penalized one stroke and the ball must be replaced if he drops his putter on the ball causing it to move.


IF A BALL AT REST IS MOVED: • By an outside agency—there is no penalty and the ball must be replaced. Outside agencies include fellow competitors. • By the player, partner, caddie or equip- ment—If a ball in play and at rest is moved by the player, partner or either of their caddies or the player touches it purposely (except with a club in the act of addressing it), the player is penalized one stroke and the ball must be replaced.


NO PENALTY E-mail Ryan at rgregg@ncga.org


The player is not penalized if the ball moves in the act of repairing old hole plugs or ball marks on the putting green


66 / NCGA.ORG / SUMMER 2011


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