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Rule 23-1

Why Sand and Loose Soil are Not Loose Impediments off the Putting Green

Q.  What is the reason why sand and loose soil are not loose impediments off the putting green?

A.  Sand and loose soil are part of the earth. Permitting the player to remove sand and soil other than on the putting green would inevitably lead to situations in which the player would be at liberty to remove a great deal of earth from the area of his intended swing and stance, improving the lie beyond the extent that should be permitted. Additionally, the putting green is an area specifically designed for putting and sand and loose soil are not commonplace on such a surface.


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