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    9 Iron Christian is on a distinguished road
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    Talking It pays to know (and remember) the rules

    A short story from the Cornwall Open yesterday.

    At the Cornwall Golf and Country Club, the 17th hole is a dogleg right of medium length (about 370 yards) with trees left and right and a good size pond guarding the front right of the green and hedges protecting the back. BTW, yesterday the pin was located far right behind the pond.

    I hit a 3W to approx. 100 yards from the green. The ball hit a soft spot in casual water and picked up several thick clumps of mud. I knew that I was entitled to relief from the abnormal gound conditions under 25-1b (nearest point of relief, free drop etc...) but could not remember if the ball could be cleaned before being dropped. Not wanting to breach the rules, I dropped the ball with its clumps. The biggest clump ended up right at the contact area between the ball and club.

    I guess you can figure the rest (sand wedge into the pond - it was like hitting soft caramel), drop, lob wedge to green, 2 putts for a double bogey (and a round of 76).

    Afterwards I remembered that under rule 25-1b (confirmed by the copy of the rules book in my car), you can clean the ball after it is lifted.

    So, the moral of the story?

    1) When you qualify for relief under abnormal ground conditions, you can clean the ball before dropping at nearest point of relief.
    2) The rule book does no damn good in your car as opposed to carrying it in your golf bag (which is where mine will be staying permanently!!!)

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    Shotmaker spidey is on a distinguished road spidey's Avatar
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    Is this an opportunity for Gary to list the ONLY instances where you may not clean the ball when it is lifted under the rules?

    [color=seagreen]"Got more dirt than ball. Here we go again."
    Alan Shepard, Apollo 14 Commander, Amateur-Golfer, preparing to take another swing during his famous moon walk in 1971.

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    RulesNut Gary Hill is on a distinguished road Gary Hill's Avatar
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    spidey - here ya go

    1. To determine if it is unfit for play.

    2. For identification.

    3. Because it is interfering with or assisting play.

    BTW - This applies whether or not you pick it up under the Rules.

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