Daily Rules Quiz: As it lies

Thursday June 21st, 2007

Your tee shot comes to rest at the base of a tree. A twig lies directly behind your ball, but you can't tell if the twig is loose or attached to the tree's roots. You pull on the twig and discover it is attached, but your playing partner says you should be penalized for improving the area of your intended swing by tugging on the twig. You should:

A. Take no penalty and play your ball as it lies.

B. Move the attached twig back to its original position, and play your ball as it lies.

C. Take a 1-stroke penalty for improving the area of your intended swing.

Go to the next page for the answer.

Your tee shot comes to rest at the base of a tree. A twig lies directly behind your ball, but you can't tell if the twig is loose or attached to the tree's roots. You pull on the twig and discover it is attached, but your playing partner says you should be penalized for improving the area of your intended swing by tugging on the twig. You should:

A. Take no penalty and play your ball as it lies.

B. Move the attached twig back to its original position, and play your ball as it lies.

C. Take a 1-stroke penalty for improving the area of your intended swing.

ANSWER: B. There is no penalty as long as you return the twig to its original position before you play your next stroke. According to Decision 13-2/26, you are allowed to move a natural object to determine whether it is loose as long as you return it to its earlier position.

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