Daily Rules Quiz: Improving your area

Wednesday August 1st, 2007

Your ball is under a tree and the branches interfere with you swing. The tree is wet, so you shake the water off the branches before your shot. Under the Rules, you should have:

A. Left the branches untouched and had your partner shield you with an umbrella while you took your swing.

B. Declared the ball unplayable and dropped a new one with no penalty.

C. Added two strokes to your score for improving the area of your swing.

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Your ball is under a tree and the branches interfere with you swing. The tree is wet, so you shake the water off the branches before your shot. Under the Rules, you should have:

A. Left the branches untouched and had your partner shield you with an umbrella while you took your swing.

B. Declared the ball unplayable and dropped a new one with no penalty.

C. Added two strokes to your score for improving the area of your swing.

ANSWER: C. Rule 13-2 prohibits you from improving the area of your intended stance or wing by removing dew, frost or water. Therefore, shaking the tree would be considered an unfair benefit. Choice A would have violated Rule 14-2, which says you cannot accept protection from the elements.

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