Dropped Ball Hits Object
drops their ball and it touches their glove, which they are
using to mark the outside limit of where they are permitted to
the player play the ball if it touches the glove before striking
b) May the player
play the ball if it rolls into the glove after striking the
the player incur a penalty of one stroke because the ball was
deflected by their equipment?
the ball be re-dropped?
e) If the
ball touches the glove again when it is re-dropped may the
player place the ball where it first struck the course?
penalty is incurred.
Note: Part of Rule 20-2a states;
the ball when dropped touches any person or the equipment of
any player before or after it strikes a part of the course and
before it comes to rest, the ball must be re-dropped, without
penalty. There is no limit to the number of times a
ball must be re-dropped in these circumstances.
Decision 20-2a/7 confirms;
glove is not a "small object" within the meaning of that term
in the Definition of "Equipment." Therefore, it is equipment
and the ball must be re-dropped.
A player drops their ball and it touches a tee peg, which they
are using to mark the outside limit of where they are
permitted to drop;
a) Is the
ball in play if it touches the tee peg before striking the
the ball in play if it rolls into the tee peg after striking
Note: A tee peg is not part of a player's equipment and
therefore a dropped ball is in play even if it touches a tee peg
that is being used as a marker before it comes to rest.
Definition of Equipment;
used, worn or carried by the player or anything carried
for the player by his partner or either of their caddies,
except any ball he has played at the hole
being played and any small object, such as a coin
or a tee, when used to mark the position of a ball or
the extent of an area in which a ball is to be dropped.
Another 'Rhodes Rules School' Q&A will follow next week,
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