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John Crumbley

by Q: Ball rest on cart path, where is the drop.

Q: A ball comes to rest on a cartpath. How do you determine where to drop? Moreover, do you have a choice on which side of the path or is there a set standard?   - John Kauffman, Roswell, GA

      A: Dear John,
The answer to your question on dropping form a cart path can be found in rule 24-2 Immovable Obstruction. In the definitions in the front of the rule book we see that an obstruction is "anything artificial, including the artificial surfaces and sides of roads and paths.....". As for your relief from the cart path, 24-2b will basically tell you to find the nearest point that is not nearer the hole, affords complete relief from the path(Lie of the ball, stance and area of intended swing)and is not in a hazard or on a putting green. There will be only one nearest point of relief that meets the requirements and you will drop within one club length of that point not nearer the hole and not on the cart path. In taking relief you may not consider which side of the path affords the best line of play, the best stance or any other personal preferences. Also remember that you may play the ball as it lies off the cart path, sometimes this is better than dropping in some deep rough or in a bush or behind a tree or some other undesirable place. John, thanks for the question and good golfing luck in 99.
- John Crumbley, Head Pro, Formely @ Towne Lake Hills GC

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