How To Drop Off A Cart Path

Golf Digest rules editor Ron Kaspriske on the do's and don'ts of when you can drop off a cart path.

Released on 4/18/2016

Transcript

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Hi, I'm Ron Kaspriske, editor of
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the rules page here at Golf Digest.
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In our September issue on page 50,
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we talk a little bit about what to do
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when you need to take relief from a cart path.
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Here you see two golf balls where you might get relief
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under 24-2 in the rules of golf book
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entitled Immovable Obstruction.
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Where you get relief though, depends on whether
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you're a right-handed player or a left-handed player.
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And by that I mean if you intended to hit your next shot
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as a right-hander, well that's where you would take relief.
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So, let me show you first with this ball on my left
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which is on the cart path.
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Now, obviously we get relief without penalty here,
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we can move this ball.
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So, as a right-hander, what I would do,
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is I would find the nearest point of relief,
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that allows me to stand and swing
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without interference from the cart path.
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That's gonna be over here.
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Now, think of this area here as sort of a
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piece of pie, if you will.
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I'm allowed to drop anywhere in this area here,
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that's one club-length from my nearest point
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of relief and no closer to the hole.
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So I would hold my arm out, shoulder length,
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and just let the ball drop.
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There's my new lie, without penalty,
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and now I can hit my 9-iron shot into the green.
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I'm a right-handed player, but let's assume for a second
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I'm left-handed, I'm Phil Mickelson and I was
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gonna play this next shot as a lefty.
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My nearest point-of-relief to get my free drop
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from this cart path is gonna be on this side.
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The green is there, I can obviously see that
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I can stand and swing over here as a lefty,
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without interference from the cart path.
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Unfortunately, it's the rough.
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But that's the part of the breaks of golf.
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If I was a right-hander, of course we would be on that side
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but here, as a lefty, I'd have to go to this side.
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Now here we have another situation
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where you might be entitled to relief but again, it depends
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on whether you're swinging left-handed or right-handed.
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So, as a right-handed player,
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there's my green right there,
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I certainly don't get relief from this situation
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because my stance, my swing, and the ball
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are not interfered-with by the cart path.
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However, if I'm Phil Mickelson and I'm playing
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this as a lefty, well, guess what?
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The only way I would normally play this shot
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is if I were standing on the cart path.
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Now indeed, I can still play this ball if I want
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but I'm also entitled to free relief,
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and I'll show you where you would drop.
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In this case, the nearest point-of-relief
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for the left-hander is also gonna be on this side.
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It's closer than that side would be.
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So, I'm gonna be able to take a drop
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somewhere in this zone, again no closer to the hole,
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within one club-length of my nearest
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point-of-relief which is right about here.
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So, I would just drop, and then move on.
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There's one more thing to consider
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when dropping under rule 20-2.
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The drop-zone is where the ball should land.
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However, it can roll up to two club-lengths
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including outside the drop-zone,
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as long as it's no closer to the hole,
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and you're still OK to play your next shot.
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We know the rules of golf can be confusing,
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even for us at Golf Digest.
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So if you're still not sure, please consult the
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Rules of Golf book or your local PGA pro.
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Thanks for watching.
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