Two Balls in Play Simultaneously at Different Holes
Q. Two players on the 8th hole play their approach shots to the 8th green.
They agree to tee off at the 9th hole and then putt out on the 8th green.
This is to avoid having to walk back up a hill to the 9th tee and to save
time. What is the ruling?
A. In match play, the players are disqualified under Rule 1-3 for excluding
the operation of Rule 2-3 by failing to play the stipulated round.
In stroke play, the competitors are disqualified under Rule 3-2 for failing
to hole out.
Clubs and the Ball
Form and Make of Clubs
The player’s clubs must conform with this Rule and the provisions,
specifications and interpretations set forth in Appendix II.
B. Wear and Alteration
A club that conforms with the Rules when new is deemed to conform after wear
through normal use. Any part of a club that has been purposely altered is
regarded as new and must, in its altered state, conform with the Rules.
The player and his caddie are responsible for knowing the Rules. During a
stipulated round, for any breach of a Rule by his caddie, the player incurs
the applicable penalty.
A. Match Play
Before starting a match in a handicap competition, the players should
determine from one another their respective handicaps. If a player begins a
match having declared a handicap higher than that to which he is entitled
and this affects the number of strokes given or received, he is
disqualified; otherwise, the player must play off the declared handicap.
B. Stroke Play
In any round of a handicap competition, the competitor must ensure that his
handicap is recorded on his score card before it is returned to the
Committee. If no handicap is recorded on his score card before it is
returned (Rule 6-6b), or if the recorded handicap is higher than that to
which he is entitled and this affects the number of strokes received, he is
disqualified from the handicap competition; otherwise, the score stands.
Note: It is the player’s responsibility to know the holes at which handicap
strokes are to be given or received.