Here is a rules of golf question I received today, it covers key points relating to GUR and some misconceptions. It made sense to share it with everyone.
RULES OF GOLF QUESTION:
“If a player has established his point of relief from a GUR, ( right hand side of the GUR ) which is aprox. 10 meters from the green, and uses his 3 wood to measure this, and then uses the same wood to measure his 2 club lengths allowed for his free drop, and then proceeds to use his wedge to play the next shot – does the player get a penalty for not measuring the first from the GUR with his wedge? If so, how many penalty strokes?
RULES OF GOLF ANSWER:
“The definition of ‘nearest point of relief’ includes these words; ‘In order to determine the nearest point of relief accurately, the player should use the club with which he would have made his next stroke if the condition were not there to simulate the address position, direction of play and swing for such a stroke. Notice that it says ‘should’. In other words there is no penalty for using a different club. However, a Committee would be justified in giving a warning, and then some form of sanction, to someone who deliberately ignored this explicit recommendation in the Rules.
The next point is important. When taking relief from GUR, an abnormal ground condition, the player must drop the ball, without penalty, within ONE club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief. Believing that the relief is within TWO club-lengths is a common mistake made by golfers. The two club-length relief applies to situations where the player incurs a penalty, e.g. one of the options for an unplayable ball, or opting to take relief from a lateral water hazard.
On your second point Rule 4-4 states ‘For the purpose of measuring, a player may use any club he has selected for that round’. Therefore there is nothing to stop a player from using a 3 wood, a driver, or even a long-handled putter, providing he uses one of his own clubs.
However, using a long-handled putter is considered by some to be poor etiquette and I would avoid doing this.”
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