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#1 languid

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Posted 18 April 2017 - 02:48 PM

In the Draft Proposal for 2019 

 

 

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Mark
To show the spot of a ball at rest by:
 Placing a ball-marker behind or to the side of the ball, or
 Holding a club on the ground behind or to the side of the ball.
 
In the Rules 
 
14.1 Marking, Lifting and Cleaning Ball
a. How to Mark Spot of Ball to Be Lifte
d and Replaced
Before lifting a ball under a Rule requiring the ball to be replaced on its original spot, the
player must mark the spot.
If the spot is marked with a ball-marker, the player must remove the ball-marker before
making a stroke.
If the player lifts the ball without first marking its spot, marks its spot in a wrong way or
makes a stroke with a ball-marker left in place, the player must add one penalty stroke.
 
Handbook __: Guidance on ball-markers and how to mark a ball
 
Implication is that marking in front of the ball will not be allowed.
 
Currently the Note in 20-1 states "should". There is Decision 20-1/16 on Method of marking. In part it says
"...no penalty for failing to act in accordance with the note."
Currently then while not recommended, but acceptable to mark in front of the ball. 
 
This could see some dodgy marking pinged in the future. I hear stories about players who make an art form of marking in front of the ball, then "replacing" in front of the marker.
 
 

Edited by languid, 18 April 2017 - 02:53 PM.


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Posted 18 April 2017 - 02:53 PM

I would've thought marking in front of the ball was already illegal because you are touching your line. Obviously not?



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Posted 18 April 2017 - 03:15 PM

I would've thought marking in front of the ball was already illegal because you are touching your line. Obviously not?

 

Correct (not illegal).  It is an exception under 16-1.a.



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Posted 18 April 2017 - 05:18 PM

Why didn't they just not make an exception for a stupid way of marking your ball then it wouldn't be an issue?

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 04:16 AM

Why didn't they just not make an exception for a stupid way of marking your ball then it wouldn't be an issue?

 

A player lifting his ball from the putting green might still touch his line of putt during that lifting i.e., Exception (iv) to Rule 16-1a is still necessary if with a rule change disallowing placing the ball-marker in front of the ball.


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Posted 29 April 2017 - 08:44 AM

Some of the Hawks players need to learn to mark the ball 


Edited by Can Break 80, 29 April 2017 - 08:45 AM.

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