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    Rules query

    Could someone explain to me why this situation is a penalty.

    I hit a drive into the semi rough which was a bit wet, when I proceeded to take my second shot I didn't connect right and the ball buried a few inches from where I hit. I think I've only done this twice before and that was years ago and I'm sure I can remember from then it is a penalty so I played 4 for my next shot.

    I just can't understand why this is a penalty, what's the difference between this situation than having a drive plug off the fairway and being allowed a drop?

    No doubt there is a reasonable explanation so will be interested to hear from the experts.

    Btw this happened twice to me yesterday and it was a comp.

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    Re: Rules query

    Maybe one of the mods need to move this to the rules section

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    Doesn't seem to be a penalty to me! Unless when you 'didn't connect right' you hit it more than once.

    Or (more likely imo) you THEN decided to declare it unplayable and take a (penalty) drop within 2 club lengths not nearer the hole.

    Balls 'plugged in closely mown area' (ie fairway length) are covered under Rule 25-2 (Embedded Ball). It would need a Local Rule to apply for 'Plugged in the Rough' to be allowed without penalty.
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    Re: Rules query

    Quote Originally Posted by Foxholer View Post
    Doesn't seem to be a penalty to me! Unless when you 'didn't connect right' you hit it more than once.

    Or (more likely imo) you THEN decided to declare it unplayable and take a (penalty) drop within 2 club lengths not nearer the hole.

    Balls 'plugged in closely mown area' (ie fairway length) are covered under Rule 25-2 (Embedded Ball). It would need a Local Rule to apply for 'Plugged in the Rough' to be allowed without penalty.
    I didn't hit it more than once.

    I didn't declare it unplayable.

    We have a local rule for balls plugged in rough.

    I was told this was a penalty by more than one member of our club so never looked up the ruling myself.

    Maybe they were wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rlburnside View Post
    I didn't hit it more than once.

    I didn't declare it unplayable.

    We have a local rule for balls plugged in rough.

    I was told this was a penalty by more than one member of our club so never looked up the ruling myself.

    Maybe they were wrong.
    what was the penalty for then?

    never heard of one for a shot not hit right before??? harsh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rlburnside View Post
    I didn't hit it more than once.

    I didn't declare it unplayable.

    We have a local rule for balls plugged in rough.

    I was told this was a penalty by more than one member of our club so never looked up the ruling myself.

    Maybe they were wrong.
    Doh! I daftly 'missed' the 'semi' in your OP! So ignore my 'Doesn't seem...' etc in my reply! I believe i can see why the Penalty may have been required

    The ruling about whether you are entitled to free relief. or whether relief is under penalty, would depend on the wording of the LR, but if it's as per the example in the Appendix, then there's certainly cause to believe that it's under penalty! This is because free relief is only available when 'it is in its own pitch-mark'. Pitch-mark isn't defined, but a ball that is simply badly struck, so embeds, wouldn't seem to qualify for as Embedded (under the Note to the LR - as per Note 1 of 25-2).

    In fact, Decision 25-2/6 seems to be the equivalent of what may have happened (though probably on closely mown area).

    Sorry about misleading you earlier if that is what actually happened! Was it? As in 'Did the ball ever become airborne?'
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    Re: Rules query

    It would only be a penalty if you have to declare it unplayable but as your club have a local rule covering plugged balls in the rough then I don't see why you wouldn't get a free drop

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxholer View Post
    Doh! I daftly 'missed' the 'semi' in your OP! So ignore my 'Doesn't seem...' etc in my reply! I believe i can see why the Penalty may have been required

    The ruling about whether you are entitled to free relief. or whether relief is under penalty, would depend on the wording of the LR, but if it's as per the example in the Appendix, then there's certainly cause to believe that it's under penalty! This is because free relief is only available when 'it is in its own pitch-mark'. Pitch-mark isn't defined, but a ball that is simply badly struck, so embeds, wouldn't seem to qualify for as Embedded (under the Note to the LR - as per Note 1 of 25-2).

    In fact, Decision 25-2/6 seems to be the equivalent of what may have happened (though probably on closely mown area).

    Sorry about misleading you earlier if that is what actually happened! Was it? As in 'Did the ball ever become airborne?'
    No the ball was certainly never airborn, thanks for your explanation I think I understand the reason why it's a penalty now ie ball wasn't it its own pitch mark but badly struck and embedded which doesn't qualify as embedded!!!

    Glad I was right in calling a penalty on myself, although I think it's very harsh.

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    Re: Rules query

    Did you play the ball from the "buried" position?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Region3 View Post
    Did you play the ball from the "buried" position?
    Yes, dropped ball and added penalty playing my 4th shot

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