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Rule 24-2

Explanation of Determining Nearest Point of Relief

Q.  How does a player determine the nearest point of relief?

A.  In most cases, there is only one place on the course that is the nearest point to the ball, which is not closer to the hole, and provides relief from interference of the lie, stance and area of intended swing. It is the point where the ball would be positioned in a simulated stance of how the player would have played his next stroke had the obstruction or condition not been there. In some cases the nearest point of relief may be in a bush, tree, etc. See also Decision 24-2b/1, Decisions 24-2b/3.5 24-2b/3.7, and Decision 25-1b/2. Click here for diagrams illustrating Nearest Point of Relief.


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