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Unplayable ball

by Peter
(Scotland)

After driving a ball into undergrowth, the ball is found. There is nowhere reasonable within two club lengths to drop ball and taking back in line is not possible as there is no playable place on that line. Only option is to go back to tee or play as it lies (a really stupid choice.) of course I choose to ‘have a go’! The ball travels two metres into even more horrendous situation, totally unplayable.

Problem is now, where can I drop, as the previous shot location is the near impossible place I had originally?

Can I drop it where I first found the ball for a stroke penalty, then take another stroke and distance penalty back to the tee?

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May 03, 2022
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Two-Club Rule
by: Douglas

Hey Peter – well, you’ve compounded your trouble by first choosing "to have a go". That stroke now counts and you’re still in the same predicament you were originally, now, just one more stroke into your round.

When considering the option to take relief from an unplayable lie under penalty of one stroke, you are not taking two club lengths from the point of that unplayable lie, but rather two club lengths from the nearest point of relief no closer to the hole. Just take an angle from where the unplayable ball lies that brings you to a point of relief no closer to the hole, then apply the two-club rule from that spot.

Hope that helps bud!

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