Pro’s Tip – Ball Unplayable Rule

As rules come up with members at the club, I like to share them with you – this especially applies if I feel that the rule has common misconceptions. On Wednesday night I was coaching a group of lady golfers on the Lakes course, we discussed the ball unplayable rule. Please note the below text in green, which is relevant to how to tackle a ball that can’t easily be played in a bunker.

If your ball is in a water hazard and you do not wish to play it as it lies, you must proceed under the water hazard rule – the unplayable ball rule does not apply. Elsewhere on the course, if you believe your ball is unplayable, you may, under penalty of one stroke:

  • play a ball from where your last shot was played, or
  • drop a ball any distance behind the point where the ball lay keeping a straight line between the hole, the point where the ball lay and the spot on which the ball is dropped, or
  • drop a ball within two club-lengths of where the ball lay, not nearer the hole.

Please note…
If your ball is in a bunker you may proceed as above, except that if you are dropping back on a line or within two club-lengths, you must drop a ball in the bunker.