February Rules Quiz

  • 1. The proper height to drop a ball is knee height. What is the penalty if you drop from a different height?
    • A. No penalty; just redrop correctly
    • B. A two stroke penalty
    • C. A one stroke penalty
  • 2. A player’s ball lies in a penalty area. Which of the following is the player allowed to do?
    • A. Move loose impediments
    • B. Ground their club
    • C. Take practice swings
  • 3. Where is a player allowed to take relief for an embedded ball?
    • A. In a bunker
    • B. In the fairway
    • C. In the rough
  • 4. What is the penalty for accidentally hitting your ball twice when making a stroke?
    • A. One stroke penalty
    • B. Two stroke penalty
    • C. No penalty
  • 5. What is the penalty if you lift your ball to see if it is cracked, to identify it, or see if it is embedded, and you fail to inform the players you are with before you lift it?
    • A. One stroke penalty
    • B. No penalty
  • 6. What is the penalty if your ball accidentally hits another player or their equipment?
    • A. One stroke
    • B. No penalty
    • C. Two strokes
  • ANSWERS
  • 1. A. Redrop correctly from knee height with no penalty; however, if you fail to redrop and play your ball, you will incur a one stroke penalty.
  • 2. Since 2019, A, B, and C are all allowed.
  • 3. B and C. Rule 16.3 allows relief for an embedded ball anywhere in the General Area, except when embedded in a bunker.
  • 4. C. No penalty, Rule 10.1a. There is no penalty, and the ball is played where it lies.
  • 5. B. No penalty. The emphasis under the Rules is to generally rely on the integrity of the player. This change should speed up play, but the player must have a good reason to lift her ball.
  • 6. B. No penalty. Under Rule 11.1. The exception is if the player’s ball hits another ball at rest on the putting green, and both balls were on the putting green before the stroke; then, there is the General penalty of two strokes.

Finding the Rules’ answers

Ladies:
As my computer imploded this weekend you are fortunate that I am currently unable to send out this month’s Rules quiz. Instead I am sending you some advice on finding answers to your Rules questions using the USGA rules app. At the bottom of this e mail I have added the link which you can use to download it to your phones or computers, totally without cost..

Advice:

When you open the app the first page that opens has a “search” bar at the top Searching for answers is only as good as the words you put in.
Make sure you use the correct terms.

Do not use:
Sand trap, it is a BUNKER.
Water hazard, is a PENALTY AREA.

Be as specific as possible, the more specific you are the quicker you will find the answer.

If your “ball moved by player on putting green”, type those words into the search engine. By adding “putting green” it makes the answer you want quicker to find.

If your ball moved in the fairway type in “ball moved in General area”

If your ball moved when you were removing loose impediments then type all that in the search engine, “ball moved when removing loose impediments.”

Since 2019 certain conditions have been grouped together under one term. Ground under repair, immovable obstructions, animal holes and temporary water are now all covered by the word “Abnormal course conditions”. So if you need an answer about ground under repair when you type in those words the answers will come up for Abnormal course conditions. Don’t panic, you are at the right place it is just that the terms have changed.

Where you drop your ball under a Rule is now called “the Relief Area.” If you have any questions about lifting, dropping and you type in “rough”, or “fairway”, the word “General area” will come up. Again, you are in the right place, the terms have just changed.

The more specific and accurately you describe your situation the easier it will be for you to find the answer.

Try it, you might like it and it is certainly quicker than using the actual Rules book that I’m sure you all carry in your golf bag! NOT.

https://www.usga.org/content/usga/home-page/rules-hub/rules-of-golf-apps.html

I hope this helps you.
Hilary