Weekly Rules Quiz: Using an X-out ball

Weekly Rules Quiz: Using an X-out ball

You tee off in a local tournament with an X-out golf ball. One of your fellow-competitors in your group notices this and informs you that playing an X-out ball in tournament play is illegal. You tell him that the tournament’s committee did not create a list of conforming balls that must be used. You should:

A. Cancel your stroke and re-tee with a non-X-out ball without penalty to avoid disqualification.
B. Lift the X-out, replace it with a non-X-out ball and penalize yourself two strokes.
C. Continue play with the X-out without penalty or disqualification.

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You tee off in a local tournament with an X-out golf ball. One of your fellow-competitors in your group notices this and informs you that playing an X-out ball in tournament play is illegal. You tell him that the tournament’s committee did not create a list of conforming balls that must be used. You should:

A. Cancel your stroke and re-tee with a non-X-out ball without penalty to avoid disqualification.
B. Lift the X-out, replace it with a non-X-out ball and penalize yourself two strokes.
C. Continue play with the X-out without penalty or disqualification.

Answer: C. According to Decision 5-1/4, unless a committee has adopted the condition that the ball the player uses must be named on the List of Conforming Golf Balls, playing an X-out is permissible. The vast majority of X-outs are rejected for aesthetic reasons only and are generally accepted unless there is strong evidence to suggest that the ball does not conform to the rules.