The Illinois Junior Golf Association strives to help its members to not only learn the love of the game but also to learn about the rules and etiquette that goes along with playing golf. In 2017, the IJGA will feature a new rule or etiquette tip on the first tee and on our website each week to help educate not only our members, but also our spectators.
Week of July 31st
This week we are looking at Rule 28 Ball Unplayable. Read the full rule here.
Only the player may deem their ball unplayable at any place on the course, except when the ball is in a water hazard. The player is the sole judge as to weather his ball is unplayable.
If the player deems his ball to be unplayable, they must, under penalty of one stroke: a. Proceed under stroke and distance by playing a ball nearly as possible at the spot which the original ball was last played; or Drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind that point the ball may be dropped; or Drop a ball within two club-lengths of the spot where the ball lay but not nearer the hole.
When proceeding under this Rule, the player may lift and clean the ball or substitute a ball.