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VIDEO Rule of the Week: Moving a ball at rest

What happens if you, a caddy or your equipment moves a ball at rest? What do you do if you stand on your ball while you're looking for it?

Watch World Number 6 and R&A Working for Golf Ambassador Suzann Pettersen and R&A Rules Official Shona McCrae discuss the decision


Posted by Peter Martinson at
17/04/2013 12:37 AM
Reg, No problem provided that you haven't done anything that could be considered as testing the surface. By dropping the rake you avoid this situation. Some players place the rake head in the sand then drop the handle. This then cause a bit of doubt to creep in.
Posted by Ian Jordan at
17/07/2012 08:45 AM
Margaret if we allowed players to remove loose impediments in bunkers then we would be able to move them in all hazards (water etc) maybe this rule is ok if we remember that we as players are being penilised for being wayward by being in the bumker. Bunkers many years ago had grass growing in them etc and were a true hazard, these days we get it very easy with these well manicured bunkers.
Posted by Margaret O'Brien at
13/07/2012 02:36 AM
The example of the leaves in the bunker is ridiculous. Bunkers should not have leaves/branches in them and if any lose impediment is covering the ball or obstructing your shot then a local rule should allow you to remove that impediment
Posted by Reg at
11/07/2012 08:12 PM
What is the rule if you pick up a rake, go into the Bunker, drop the rake near your ball, play your shot then rake the bunker on your way out of the bunker, thus saving time.

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