Rule 14 - Procedures for Ball: Marking, Lifting and Cleaning; Replacing on Spot; Dropping in Relief Area; Playing from Wrong Place

14.1 Marking, Lifting and Cleaning Ball

14.1a/1 – Ball May Be Lifted in Any Manner

There are no restrictions on how a ball may be lifted so long as the ball is not lifted in a way that deliberately tests the putting greenPutting Green: The area on the hole the player is playing that:(...Continued) (Rule 13.1e).

For example, after the spot of the ball is markedMark: To show the spot where a ball is at rest by either:(...Continued) on the putting greenPutting Green: The area on the hole the player is playing that:(...Continued), the player may lift the ball with the back of the putter or may moveMoved: When a ball at rest has left its original spot and come to rest on any other spot, and this can be seen by the naked eye (whether or not anyone actually sees it do so).(...Continued) it to the side with a club.

14.1a/2 – Marking Ball Correctly

Rule 14.1a uses “right behind” and “right next to” to ensure the spot of a lifted ball is markedMark: To show the spot where a ball is at rest by either:(...Continued) with sufficient accuracy for the player to replaceReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) it in the right spot.

A ball may be markedMark: To show the spot where a ball is at rest by either:(...Continued) in any position around the ball so long as it is markedMark: To show the spot where a ball is at rest by either:(...Continued) right next to it, and this includes placing a ball-markerBall-Marker: An artificial object when used to mark the spot of a ball to be lifted, such as a tee, a coin, an object made to be a ball-marker or another small piece of equipment.(...Continued) in front of or to the side of the ball.

14.1c/1 – Player Must Be Careful When Lifted Ball May Not Be Cleaned

When a player is applying any of the four Rules mentioned in Rule 14.1c where cleaning is not allowed, there are acts that the player should avoid because, despite there being no intention to clean the ball, the act itself may result in the ball being cleaned.

For example, if a player lifts his or her ball that has grass or other debris sticking to it and throws it to his or her caddieCaddie: Someone who helps a player during a round, including in these ways:(...Continued) who catches it with a towel, it is likely that some of the grass or other debris will be removed, meaning the ball has been cleaned. Similarly, if the player places that ball in his or her pocket or drops it onto the ground, these acts could result in some of the grass or other debris being removed from that ball, meaning that it has been cleaned.

However, if the player takes these actions after lifting a ball that was known to be clean before it was lifted, the player does not get a penalty because the ball was not cleaned.

14.2 Replacing Ball on Spot

14.2b(2)/1 Player Drops Ball When Ball Is to Be Replaced

When a player dropsDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) a ball when the Rules require him or her to replaceReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) the ball, the ball has been replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) in a wrong way. If the player replacesReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) the ball in a wrong way, but on the required spot (this includes if the player dropsDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) the ball and it comes to rest on the required spot), he or she gets one penalty stroke if the ball is played without correcting the mistake under Rule 14.5 (Correcting Mistake Made in Substituting, Replacing, Dropping or Placing Ball).

But if the player has droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) a ball and that ball comes to rest somewhere other than on the required spot, he or she gets the general penaltyGeneral Penalty: Loss of hole in match play or two penalty strokes in stroke play. for playing from a wrong placeWrong Place: Any place on the course other than where the player is required or allowed to play his or her ball under the Rules.(...Continued) if the ball is played without correcting the mistake.

For example:

14.2c/1 – Ball May Be Replaced in Almost Any Orientation

When replacingReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) a lifted ball on a spot, the Rules are concerned about only the location. The ball may be aligned in any way when being replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) (such as by lining up a trademark) so long as the ball’s vertical distance to the ground remains the same.

For example, when using a Rule that does not allow cleaning, the player lifts his or her ball and there is a piece of mud sticking to it. The ball may be aligned in any way when replacingReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) it on the original spot (such as by rotating the interfering mud towards the holeHole: The finishing point on the putting green for the hole being played:(...Continued)).

However, the player is not allowed to replaceReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) the ball in an alignment so the ball rests on the mud unless that was its position before it was lifted. The “spot” of the ball includes its vertical location relative to the ground.

14.2c/2 – Removal of Loose Impediment from Spot Where Ball to Be Replaced

Exception 1 to Rule 15.1a makes clear that, before replacingReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) a ball, the player must not remove a loose impedimentLoose Impediment: Any unattached natural object such as:(...Continued) that, if moved when the ball was at rest, would have been likely to cause the ball to moveMoved: When a ball at rest has left its original spot and come to rest on any other spot, and this can be seen by the naked eye (whether or not anyone actually sees it do so).(...Continued). But there are situations where a loose impedimentLoose Impediment: Any unattached natural object such as:(...Continued) may move either when the ball is being lifted or before it is replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued), and the player is not required to put the loose impedimentLoose Impediment: Any unattached natural object such as:(...Continued) back before or after replacingReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) the ball.

For example:

14.2d(2)/1 – Altered Lie Might Be “Nearest Spot with Lie Most Similar”

If a player’s lie is altered when his or her ball is lifted or movedMoved: When a ball at rest has left its original spot and come to rest on any other spot, and this can be seen by the naked eye (whether or not anyone actually sees it do so).(...Continued) and must be replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued), the altered lie might be the nearest spot with a lie most similar to the player’s original lie, and the player may be required to play the ball from the altered lie.

For example, a player’s ball comes to rest in a divot hole in the fairway. Thinking it is his or her ball, another player plays the ball, making the divot hole a little deeper. If there is no other similar divot hole within one club-lengthClub-Length: The length of the longest club of the 14 (or fewer) clubs the player has during the round (as allowed by Rule 4.1b(1)), other than a putter.(...Continued), the nearest spot with the lie most similar to the original lie would be a spot in the deepened divot hole.

14.2e/1 – Player Must Take Penalty Relief When Spot Where Ball Will Remain at Rest Is Nearer Hole

When following Rule 14.2e, there is a possibility that the only spot in the same area of the courseAreas of the Course: The five defined areas that make up the course: where the ball will stay at rest when placedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) is nearer the holeHole: The finishing point on the putting green for the hole being played:(...Continued). In such circumstances, the player must take penalty relief under an allowed Rule.

The player is not allowed to push the ball into the ground to ensure it stays on a spot (see 8.2b/1).

For example, a player’s ball comes to rest on the downslope of a bunkerBunker: A specially prepared area of sand, which is often a hollow from which turf or soil was removed.(...Continued) against a rake and, in removing the rake, the ball movesMoved: When a ball at rest has left its original spot and come to rest on any other spot, and this can be seen by the naked eye (whether or not anyone actually sees it do so).(...Continued). The player attempts to replaceReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) the ball as required, but it does not stay. He or she then follows the procedure of Rule 14.2e with no success and finds that there are no other spots to try in that bunkerBunker: A specially prepared area of sand, which is often a hollow from which turf or soil was removed.(...Continued) that are not nearer the holeHole: The finishing point on the putting green for the hole being played:(...Continued).

In this case, the player must take unplayable ball relief either by using stroke and distanceStroke and Distance: The procedure and penalty when a player takes relief under Rules 17, 18 or 19 by playing a ball from where the previous stroke was made (see Rule 14.6).(...Continued) for one penalty stroke (Rule 19.2a) or back-on-the-line relief outside the bunkerBunker: A specially prepared area of sand, which is often a hollow from which turf or soil was removed.(...Continued) for two penalty strokes (Rule 19.3b).

14.2/1 – Ball Does Not Need to Be Replaced on Original Spot When Player Will Play From Another Place

When a player’s ball must be replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) on its original spot, the player does not need to replaceReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) the ball if he or she wishes to take relief under a Rule or play the ball from another place.

For example, if a player’s ball at rest in a penalty areaPenalty Area: An area from which relief with a one-stroke penalty is allowed if the player’s ball comes to rest there.(...Continued) is moved by an outside influenceOutside Influence: Any of these people or things that can affect what happens to a player’s ball or equipment or to the course: (Rule 9.6), the player does not need to replaceReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) the ball before taking relief from the penalty areaPenalty Area: An area from which relief with a one-stroke penalty is allowed if the player’s ball comes to rest there.(...Continued).

He or she may replaceReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) the ball and then take relief from the penalty areaPenalty Area: An area from which relief with a one-stroke penalty is allowed if the player’s ball comes to rest there.(...Continued) or may directly take relief from the penalty areaPenalty Area: An area from which relief with a one-stroke penalty is allowed if the player’s ball comes to rest there.(...Continued).

14.3 Dropping Ball in Relief Area

14.3b(2)/1 – Ball May Fall Only a Short Distance When Dropped from Knee Height

Rule 14.3b(2) and the Definition of “drop” require a player to dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) a ball from a location at the player’s knee height when in a standing position. But, while the ball must fall through the air in order to be droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) (rather than placed), the ball will not always fall the distance of the player’s knee to the ground.

For example, the player has interference from an abnormal course conditionAbnormal Course Condition: Any of these four defined conditions:, and the player’s relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued) is on a steep slope. If the player is positioned with his or her feet near the bottom of the slope and is facing up the slope to dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) the ball, it may be that the ball will only fall a short distance when droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued), despite being droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) from knee height.

14.3c(1)/1 – What to Do When Dropped Ball Moves After Coming to Rest Against a Player’s Foot or Equipment

A player dropsDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) a ball in the right way, but the ball is accidentally stopped by the player’s foot or equipmentEquipment: Anything used, worn, held or carried by the player or the player’s caddie.(...Continued) (such as a teeTee: An object used to raise a ball above the ground to play it from the teeing area. It must be no longer than 4 inches (101.6 mm) and conform with the Equipment Rules. that is marking the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued)) and comes to rest in the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued). There is no penalty, the player has completed taking relief and must play the ball as it lies.

If the ball then movesMoved: When a ball at rest has left its original spot and come to rest on any other spot, and this can be seen by the naked eye (whether or not anyone actually sees it do so).(...Continued) when the player moves his foot or the equipmentEquipment: Anything used, worn, held or carried by the player or the player’s caddie.(...Continued), the player must replaceReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) the ball as required by Rule 9.4 but gets no penalty as the ball’s movement was a result of reasonable actions taken in taking relief under a Rule (see Exception 4 to Rule 9.4 – Accidental Movement Anywhere Except on Putting Green While Applying Rule).

14.3c(2)/1 – Ball Dropped in Right Way Twice That Comes to Rest Outside Relief Area Might Be Placed Outside Relief Area

If a player must complete the droppingDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) procedure by placing a ball using Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e, this might result in the player placing the ball outside the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued).

For example, if the player dropsDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) the ball for a second time in the right way near the edge of the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued) and it comes to rest outside the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued), he or she must place a ball on the spot it first touched the ground after the second dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued). But, if the placed ball does not stay on that spot after two attempts, the nearest spot not nearer the holeHole: The finishing point on the putting green for the hole being played:(...Continued) where the ball will stay at rest might be inside or outside the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued).

14.3c(2)/2 – Where to Place Ball Dropped in Right Way Twice in Relief Area with a Bush in It

If a player must complete the droppingDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) procedure by placing a ball using Rules 14.2b(2) and 14.2e, this might result in the player attempting to place a ball other than on the ground.

For example, if the player is droppingDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) into a bush in the relief area, and with both dropsDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) the ball comes to rest outside the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued), Rule 14.3c(2) provides that he or she must place a ball on the spot it first touched the ground after the second dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued). If the ball first struck the bush when droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) for the second time, the “ground” includes the bush, and the player must attempt to place the ball where it first struck the bush. But, if the placed ball does not stay on that spot after two attempts, the player must place the ball on the nearest spot not nearer the holeHole: The finishing point on the putting green for the hole being played:(...Continued) where the ball will stay at rest, subject to the limits in Rule 14.2e.

14.3c/1 – Relief Area Includes Everything in Relief Area

A player’s relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued) includes tall grass, bushes or other growing things in it. If a player’s droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) ball comes to rest in a bad lie in the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued), it has still come to rest in the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued).

For example, a player dropsDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) his or her ball in the right way and it stays in a bush in the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued). The bush is part of the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued) and, therefore, the ball is in playIn Play: The status of a player’s ball when it lies on the course and is being used in the play of a hole:(...Continued) and the player is not allowed to dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) again under Rule 14.3c.

14.3c/2 – Ball May Be Dropped in No Play Zone

In droppingDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) a ball under a relief Rule, the player may dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) a ball in a no play zoneNo Play Zone: A part of the course where the Committee has prohibited play. A no play zone must be defined as part of either an abnormal course condition or a penalty area.(...Continued) so long as that no play zoneNo Play Zone: A part of the course where the Committee has prohibited play. A no play zone must be defined as part of either an abnormal course condition or a penalty area.(...Continued) is part of the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued). However, the player must then take relief under the Rule that applies.

For example, a player may take relief from a penalty areaPenalty Area: An area from which relief with a one-stroke penalty is allowed if the player’s ball comes to rest there.(...Continued) and dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) a ball in a no play zoneNo Play Zone: A part of the course where the Committee has prohibited play. A no play zone must be defined as part of either an abnormal course condition or a penalty area.(...Continued) in an abnormal course conditionAbnormal Course Condition: Any of these four defined conditions:. But, after the droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) ball comes to rest in the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued) required by Rule 17 (Penalty Area Relief), the player must take relief under Rule 16.1f.

14.4 When Player’s Ball is Back in Play after Original Ball Was Out of Play

14.4/1 – Placed Ball Is Not in Play Unless There Was Intent to Put It in Play

When a ball is placed or replacedReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) on the ground, it needs to be determined whether it was put down with the intent of putting it in playIn Play: The status of a player’s ball when it lies on the course and is being used in the play of a hole:(...Continued).

For example, the player marksMark: To show the spot where a ball is at rest by either:(...Continued) the ball on the putting greenPutting Green: The area on the hole the player is playing that:(...Continued) by placing a coin right behind the ball, lifts the ball and gives it to his or her caddieCaddie: Someone who helps a player during a round, including in these ways:(...Continued) to have it cleaned. The caddieCaddie: Someone who helps a player during a round, including in these ways:(...Continued) then places the ball right behind or right next to the coin (not on the ball’s original spot) to help the player read the line of playLine of Play: The line where the player intends his or her ball to go after a stroke, including the area on that line that is a reasonable distance up above the ground and on either side of that line.(...Continued) from the other side of the hole. The ball is not in playIn Play: The status of a player’s ball when it lies on the course and is being used in the play of a hole:(...Continued) as the caddieCaddie: Someone who helps a player during a round, including in these ways:(...Continued) did not place the ball with the intention of putting it in playIn Play: The status of a player’s ball when it lies on the course and is being used in the play of a hole:(...Continued).

In this case, the ball is not in playIn Play: The status of a player’s ball when it lies on the course and is being used in the play of a hole:(...Continued) until it is repositioned with the intention of replacingReplace: To place a ball by setting it down and letting it go, with the intent for it to be in play.(...Continued) the ball as required by Rule 14.2. If the player makes a strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball.(...Continued) at the ball while it is out of play, the player would be playing a wrong ballWrong Ball: Any ball other than the player’s:(...Continued).

14.4/2 – Test Drops Are Not Allowed

The droppingDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) procedure in Rule 14.3 means that there is an element of uncertainty when taking relief under a Rule. It is not in the spirit of the game to test how a droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) ball will react.

For example, in taking relief from a cart path (immovable obstructionImmovable Obstruction: Any obstruction that:(...Continued)), a player determines his or her relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued) and realizes that the ball may roll and come to rest in a bush in the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued). Knowing that the droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) ball would not be in playIn Play: The status of a player’s ball when it lies on the course and is being used in the play of a hole:(...Continued) without intent, the player test dropsDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) a ball in one side of the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued) to see if it rolls into the bush.

Since this act is contrary to the spirit of the game, the CommitteeCommittee: The person or group in charge of the competition or the course.(...Continued) is justified in disqualifying the player under Rule 1.2a (Serious Misconduct).

14.5 Correcting Mistake Made in Substituting, Replacing, Dropping or Placing Ball

14.5b(3)/1 – Player May Change Relief Areas When Dropping Again for Back-On-the-Line Relief

When a player is required to dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) a ball a second time after using back‑on-the-line relief under Rule 16.1c(2) (Abnormal Course Condition Relief), Rule 17.1d(2) (Penalty Area Relief), or Rule 19.2b or Rule 19.3b (Unplayable Ball Relief), he or she is required to dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) again under the back-on-the-line relief option in the relevant Rule. But, when droppingDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) for the second time, the player is allowed to change reference points so that the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued) is nearer to or farther from the holeHole: The finishing point on the putting green for the hole being played:(...Continued).

For example, a player’s ball comes to rest in a penalty areaPenalty Area: An area from which relief with a one-stroke penalty is allowed if the player’s ball comes to rest there.(...Continued) and he or she chooses to take back-on-the-line relief. The player picks a reference point and dropsDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) the ball in the right way, but it rolls out of the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued). When the player drops again under back-on-the-line relief, he or she may choose a different reference point that is nearer or farther from the holeHole: The finishing point on the putting green for the hole being played:(...Continued).

14.5b(3)/2 – Player May Change Areas of the Course in the Relief Area When Dropping Again

When a player’s relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued) is located in more than one area of the courseAreas of the Course: The five defined areas that make up the course: and he or she is required to dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) again under that relief option, the player may dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) in a different area of the courseAreas of the Course: The five defined areas that make up the course: within the same relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued).

For example, a player chooses to take unplayable ball relief under Rule 19.2c (Lateral Relief) and his or her relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued) is partially in the general areaGeneral Area: The area of the course that covers all of the courseexcept for the other four defined areas: (1) the teeing area the player must play from in starting the hole he or she is playing, (2) all penalty areas, (3) all bunkers, and (4) the putting green of the hole the player is playing.(...Continued) and partially in a bunkerBunker: A specially prepared area of sand, which is often a hollow from which turf or soil was removed.(...Continued). The player’s dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) first touches the bunkerBunker: A specially prepared area of sand, which is often a hollow from which turf or soil was removed.(...Continued) in the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued) and comes to rest in the general areaGeneral Area: The area of the course that covers all of the courseexcept for the other four defined areas: (1) the teeing area the player must play from in starting the hole he or she is playing, (2) all penalty areas, (3) all bunkers, and (4) the putting green of the hole the player is playing.(...Continued) or outside the entire relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued), so the player must dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) again. When doing so, he or she may dropDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) the ball in the general areaGeneral Area: The area of the course that covers all of the courseexcept for the other four defined areas: (1) the teeing area the player must play from in starting the hole he or she is playing, (2) all penalty areas, (3) all bunkers, and (4) the putting green of the hole the player is playing.(...Continued) portion of the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued).

14.7 Playing from Wrong Place

14.7b/1 – Player Gets Penalty for Each Stroke Made from Area Where Play Is Not Allowed

When a player’s ball comes to rest in an area where play is not allowed, the player must take relief under the appropriate Rule. In stroke playStroke Play: A form of play where a player or side competes against all other players or sides in the competition.(...Continued), if the player plays the ball from that area (such as a no play zoneNo Play Zone: A part of the course where the Committee has prohibited play. A no play zone must be defined as part of either an abnormal course condition or a penalty area.(...Continued) or wrong greenWrong Green: Any green on the course other than the putting green for the hole the player is playing. Wrong greens include:(...Continued)) the player gets two penalty strokes for each strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball.(...Continued) made from that area.

For example, a player’s ball comes to rest in a no play zoneNo Play Zone: A part of the course where the Committee has prohibited play. A no play zone must be defined as part of either an abnormal course condition or a penalty area.(...Continued) within a penalty areaPenalty Area: An area from which relief with a one-stroke penalty is allowed if the player’s ball comes to rest there.(...Continued). The player enters the no play zoneNo Play Zone: A part of the course where the Committee has prohibited play. A no play zone must be defined as part of either an abnormal course condition or a penalty area.(...Continued) and makes a strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball.(...Continued) at the ball, which moves only a few yards and remains in the no play zoneNo Play Zone: A part of the course where the Committee has prohibited play. A no play zone must be defined as part of either an abnormal course condition or a penalty area.(...Continued). The player then makes another strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball.(...Continued) at the ball and it comes to rest outside the no play zoneNo Play Zone: A part of the course where the Committee has prohibited play. A no play zone must be defined as part of either an abnormal course condition or a penalty area.(...Continued).

Each stroke counts, and the player gets the general penaltyGeneral Penalty: Loss of hole in match play or two penalty strokes in stroke play. under Rule 14.7 for playing from a wrong placeWrong Place: Any place on the course other than where the player is required or allowed to play his or her ball under the Rules.(...Continued) for each strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball.(...Continued) made from the no play zoneNo Play Zone: A part of the course where the Committee has prohibited play. A no play zone must be defined as part of either an abnormal course condition or a penalty area.(...Continued) for a total of four penalty strokes. The player is required to play out the hole with the ball played from the no play zoneNo Play Zone: A part of the course where the Committee has prohibited play. A no play zone must be defined as part of either an abnormal course condition or a penalty area.(...Continued), unless it was a serious breachSerious Breach: In stroke play, when playing from a wrong place could give the player a significant advantage compared to the stroke to be made from the right place.(...Continued). For a serious breachSerious Breach: In stroke play, when playing from a wrong place could give the player a significant advantage compared to the stroke to be made from the right place.(...Continued), the player must correct the mistake (see Rule 14.7b).

14.7b/2 – Ball in Wrong Place If Club Strikes Condition Relief Was Taken From

When a player is taking relief from interference by an abnormal course conditionAbnormal Course Condition: Any of these four defined conditions:, he or she is required to take relief from all interference from that condition. If the ball is droppedDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) at a spot or comes to rest in a spot where the player has any type of interference from that condition, the ball is in a wrong placeWrong Place: Any place on the course other than where the player is required or allowed to play his or her ball under the Rules.(...Continued).

For example, a player’s ball comes to rest on a cart path and the player decides to take relief. He or she estimates the nearest point of complete reliefNearest Point of Complete Relief: The reference point for taking free relief from an abnormal course condition (Rule 16.1), dangerous animal condition (Rule 16.2), wrong green (Rule 13.1f) or no play zone (Rules 16.1f and 17.1e), or in taking relief under certain Local Rules.(...Continued) using the club that would have been used to play the ball from the cart path. Having measured the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued) from that point, the player dropsDrop: To hold the ball and let go of it so that it falls through the air, with the intent for the ball to be in play.(...Continued) a ball that comes to rest in the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued) and makes a strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball.(...Continued), hitting the cart path during the strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball.(...Continued). Because the cart path was in the player’s area of intended swing, the player still had interference. Therefore, he or she did not properly determine the relief areaRelief Area: The area where a player must drop a ball when taking relief under a Rule. Each relief Rule requires the player to use a specific relief area whose size and location are based on these three factors:(...Continued) and gets the general penaltyGeneral Penalty: Loss of hole in match play or two penalty strokes in stroke play. for playing from a wrong placeWrong Place: Any place on the course other than where the player is required or allowed to play his or her ball under the Rules.(...Continued).

However, if the player had interference from the condition because, for example he or she decided to play in a different direction or his or her feet slipped when making the strokeStroke: The forward movement of the club made to strike the ball.(...Continued) and altered the intended swing, the player would not be considered to have played from a wrong placeWrong Place: Any place on the course other than where the player is required or allowed to play his or her ball under the Rules.(...Continued).