You are playing the 16th hole, in a weekend nassau, and are down by two strokes. In an effort to even the match you begin to play more aggressively. Off the tee you attempt to cut the corner of the dogleg and the ball comes to rest in the middle of a bush. After assessing that it is impossible to make any kind of swing you deem the ball is in an unplayable lie.
According to the rules of golf, the ball can be deemed as unplayable anywhere on the golf cource except for inside a water hazard. the golf is the only person who can deem the ball as being in an unplayable lie.
After declaring an unplayable lie you have three options to where you can drop the ball and each option has a one stroke penalty.
- Play the ball from where it was originally played.
- Drop the ball, no closer to the hole, two club lengths from the ball is unplayable.
- Keeping the point of the unplayable lie between you and the hole, you may go back as far as you want/need and drop the ball along that point.
Since you have three options choose the option that suits you best to avoid increasing your score any more.
Nor following the proper drop procedure is a breach in the rule. If you are playing a match and the breach occurs the penally is a loss of the that hole. In stroke play you will be assessed a two stroke penalty.
Points to Remember:
- Only the player can deem a ball as unplayable.
- Unplayable lie can occur anywhere except for water and lateral water hazards.
- The golfer has three options for dropping the ball. Each option has a one stroke penalty.
- The golf ball can be cleaned prior to drop.