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Barry is the author of '999 Updated Questions on the Rules of Golf 2012-2015', the easiest and most enjoyable way to absorb and understand the Rules. He is an enthusiastic, high handicap golfer, resident in Dublin, Ireland, who developed an interest, then a fascination, and now an obsession with the Rules of Golf. Barry's relationship with the Rules began in 2000 with his participation in the inter-club Rules of Golf quiz competitions, organised by the Royal & Ancient for Golf Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland. This then led to him writing articles, running quizzes, and delivering presentations on the Rules at a variety of Golf Club and corporate functions. In March 2008, Barry became the first person to achieve a 100% correct mark on the public Advanced Rules of Golf Course examination, run by the PGA in their headquarters at The Belfry, West Midlands, UK. Having blogged since December 2008 Barry hopes that you will check out some of his previous blogs by clicking on the months/years below.
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Q1: Stance is not a requirement for determining whether a player has addressed their ball. True or False?
A1: True. This requirement was removed in January 2012.
Q2: A player may not hold down a bramble with their foot (as in the photo) to prevent it interfering with their back swing or stroke. True or False?
A2: True. Decision 13-2/1.
Q3: In a Stableford competition a player was uncomfortable with their stance on the teeing ground so they filled a divot hole under their foot with with a mixture of seed and sand from a box at the side of the teeing ground. What is the ruling? a) No penalty was incurred. b) One stroke penalty. c) Two strokes penalty. d) Disqualification from the hole.
A3: a) No penalty was incurred. Rule 11-1.
Q4: Which of the following is not a breach of the Rules? a) kneeling on a towel to play a stroke from under a bush. b) Carrying a mat to stand on it when playing from teeing ground in wet course conditions. c) Digging both feet into the sand in a bunker before making a practice swing in that bunker.
A4: c) Digging both feet into the sand in a bunker before making a practice swing in that bunker. Decision 13-4/0.5.
Q5: A player may take a stance partly inside a teeing ground and partly outside of it to play a ball that is inside the teeing ground. True or False?
A5: True. Rule 11-1.
Q6: After taking relief from a lateral water hazard, by dropping a ball within two club-lengths of where it last crossed the margin, not nearer the hole, for a penalty of one stroke, a player finds that although his ball lies outside the hazard part of his stance is on the line defining the hazard margin. He must re-drop his ball. True or False?
A6: False. Rule 26-1 does not require the player to take complete relief from the hazard, so the ball is in play.
Q7: The only way a player could take a stance for their selected stroke was to back into a branch, which caused it to break. The player incurs a penalty of two strokes. True or False?
A7: False. As this was the only way the player could take a stance for their intended stroke, no penalty was incurred. Decision 13-2/1.
Q8: In the photo, in taking a normal stance to play a stroke at their ball inside the margin of a water hazard a player's right foot would be on the artificial rock wall surrounding the pond. They may take relief by dropping their ball within one club-length of the nearest point of relief in the hazard, not nearer the hole. True or False?
A8: False. Rule 24-2b. There is no relief from an immovable obstruction in a water hazard when the ball lies in the hazard.
Q9: Which of the following statements is correct? a) A player may remove a loose impediment lying out of bounds that interferes with their stance. b) A player may remove a pine cone in a bunker that interferes with their stance. c) A player may move a stone from underneath their foot in water in a water hazard.
A9: a) A player may remove a loose impediment lying out of bounds that interferes with their stance. Decision 23-1/9.
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The above content is strictly copyright to Barry Rhodes ©2014 and may not be copied without permission. The answers to the questions in this series are referenced to the Rules of Golf 2012-2015 © 2011 and the Decisions on the Rules of Golf 2014-2015 © 2013, as approved by R&A Rules Limited and The United States Golf Association. The answers do not carry the official approval of the R&A or USGA. I shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage of any kind caused by reliance upon the accuracy or reliability of such information.
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