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How to Drop Rules of Golf by Ryan Farb, PGA


ne rule players use on a regular basis is 20-2–Dropping and Re- Dropping. This rule tells players how the ball must be dropped,


and since we know the ball isn’t likely to stay in the same spot, the rule also tells us what to do when it rolls and comes to rest somewhere else. • The player must drop the ball.


No one else is permitted to drop for you. • The ball must be dropped from shoulder height while standing erect. This means you can’t drop from waist


ALL PHOTOS REPRESENT SITUATIONS


THAT REQUIRE A RE-DROP.


high to try and get a softer bounce or lift your arm above your head to encourage a larger bounce. • The ball must be dropped at


arm’s length. The over-the-shoulder drop from decades ago is long gone. • If the ball is dropped in any other manner, or by any other person, and the mistake is not corrected, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke. Once you know how to drop, the


next key is making sure the ball is dropped where the applicable rule re- quires it. This changes depending on


what kind of situation you are drop- ping for (e.g., within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, within two club-lengths of where the ball last crossed the margin of a water hazard or as near as possible to the previ- ous spot). Note that when dropping, the rules don’t differentiate between fairway and rough. Once the ball has been dropped, it then matters what happens to the ball after it hits the ground. Many have heard the “two drops and then place” rule. More specifically, there are


There are two situations in this photo that would require a re-drop:


A) The arm is not shoulder height; B) The ball rolled into the hazard.


A re-drop is required


because complete relief was not taken from the cart path. Even if you like your lie after the drop, if your foot is on the path, you have not taken complete relief.


64 / NCGA.ORG / FALL 2015


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