New Rules of Golf in 2019, part 9: BALL UNPLAYABLE!

Hi all.

This is part 9 (of 31) in a series of blogs about some of the proposed changes to the Rules of Golf, planning to take effect January 1st 2019:

9. BALL UNPLAYABLE.
The Rule about deeming a ball unplayable gets slightly changed from the Rule (28) we have today.

9.1. Almost everywhere.
You are – according to the proposal to new 2019-Rules of Golf – allowed to deem it unplayable everywhere on the golf course, except in a penalty area (read about penalty areas in this blog).

This is approximately the same Rule as we have today (Rule 28 states, that you can deem it unplayable everywhere on the course, except in a water hazard).

9.2. Relief-options.
Under the proposal to new 2019-Rules of Golf, you are – when deeming your ball unplayable – allowed with a one stroke penalty to:

  1. Play from where you played last (same Rule as of today).
  2. Drop on “the straight line” (i.e. on the extension away from the hole of the straight line between the hole and the place, where the ball lay). If the ball lies in a bunker you must drop in the bunker. This is the same option as today, except that it has been clarified/stated, that the ball is deemed to be on the “straight line”, when it is 20 inches on either side of this imaginary line. Of course it is quite difficult to determine exactly, where this line is, but you must use your best discretion.
  3. You can drop a ball within 80 inches from the place, where the ball lay, not closer to the hole. If the ball is in a bunker, you must drop in the bunker. This Rule has been slightly changed from the Rules as of today (where you have to drop within two club lengths) – but the difference it not too big.
  4. NEW: If your ball is in a bunker: You are allowed to drop on “the straight line” (i.e. on the extension away from the hole of the straight line between the ball and the place where it lay) OUTSIDE the bunker with a penalty of TWO STROKES. This is a (big!) change from today, where this option does not exist!

9.3. OK to change ball.
The player is – as it is today – allowed to change the ball when deeming it unplayable. 

/Brian
(bno@golfrules.com)

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2 Comments
  1. […] When you have deemed your ball unplayable, and choose to drop on “the straigth line (see the blog about the unplayable ball options under the new 2019-Rules of Golf), then the relief-area is “the straight line” plus 20 inches on each side. You simply […]

  2. BethanyBjm says

    My friend and I went camping the other day. It was a horrific experience, as he wouldn’t let me sleep all night. He kept talking about random things and cried about his wakefulness. I totally told him to url and deal with it.

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