12 June 2017

Play The Ball As It Lies

The Rules of Golf exist so that players can play fairly and in the spirit of the game. One of the most basic principles of the rules is playing the ball as it lies. 

You often hear this term. It’s set so that the golfers play the ball as it is unless it’s impossible or forbidden by the rules. There are some things that should not be done by players to improvise by improving or allowing to be improved: 

  • one’s ball position
  • the area of one’s intended stance or swing
  • one’s line of play 
  • the area where a ball is dropped or placed

by any of the following actions:

  • pressing a club on the ground
  • moving, bending or breaking anything growing or fixed (including immovable obstructions and objects defining out of bounds)
  • creating or eliminating irregularities of surface
  • removing or pressing down sand, loose soil, replaced divots or other cut turf placed in position
  • removing dew, frost or water


There is no penalty if the player does the following actions:

  • grounds the club lightly when addressing the ball
  • in fairly taking his stance
  • in making a stroke or the backward movement of his club for a stroke and the stroke is made
  • in creating or eliminating irregularities of the surface within the teeing ground or in removing dew, frost or water from the teeing ground
  • on the putting green; in removing sand and loose soil or in repairing damage (Rule 16-1).
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