|What happens if a player improves or worsens the conditions affecting her stroke?|
Before making a stroke a player may not move, bend, or break any growing or attached natural object, immovable obstruction, integral object, boundary object, or tee-marker for the teeing area when playing a ball from that teeing area, or move a loose impediment or movable obstruction into position if any of these actions improve conditions affecting the stroke. Before making a stroke a player may avoid penalty by restoring any original object moved as nearly as possible so that the improvement is eliminated.
The player may not alter the surface of the ground, remove or press down loose soil, or remove dew, frost, or water if any of these actions improve the conditions affecting the stroke. These improvements cannot be undone and the player would incur the general penalty.
If the player worsens the conditions affecting the stroke, the player is not allowed to restore the conditions. If the player does so, she incurs the general penalty.
During a round, a player must not:
--Give advice to anyone in the competition who is playing on the course
--Ask anyone for advice, other than the player’s caddie (or partner and her caddie)
--Touch another player’s equipment to learn information that would be advice if given by or asked of the other player (such as touching the other player’s clubs or bag to see what club is being used.)
This does not apply before a round or while played is stopped under Rule 5.7a or between rounds in a competition.
If a breach occurs between the play of two holes the penalty is accessed at the next hole.
|Suspension of play—imminent danger|
If the Committee has ordered play to be suspended due to a dangerous situation (such as lightning) the players must stop playing immediately. The player may complete any stroke where she has taken a stance with a club behind the ball or has begun the backswing for the stroke and completes the stroke without hesitation. No additional strokes can be made. This includes tapping in a two-inch putt. This is for the safety of all players. The intent is to enable the course to be cleared as quickly as possible. The penalty for a breach of this Rule, 5.7b, is disqualification.
|In match play a player’s ball is accidentally deflected by the opponent, her equipment, or her caddie in the general area. How does the player proceed?|
The ball is played as it lies. The player no longer has the option to cancel the stroke. The same is true for a ball that is accidentally stopped or deflected by the player or an outside influence. The only exception is when the ball is played from the putting green and it accidentally hits any person, animal, or movable obstruction (including another ball in motion) on the putting green. In this instance, the stroke does not count and the original ball or another ball must be replaced on the original spot (which if not known must be estimated.) If the ball in motion (played from the putting green) hits another ball at rest or ball-marker on the putting green, the stroke counts and the ball must be played at it lies. In stroke play the player incurs a two stroke penalty. There is no penalty in match play. (Rule 11.1)
|What is the status of a double green?|
This depends how the Committee marks the green. If it has been separated in any way, such as with lines or dots, then when a player is playing one of the holes, the part of the double green for the other hole is a wrong green. The player must take mandatory complete free relief. Otherwise, the player must play the ball as it lies. The flagstick is a movable obstruction and the hole itself is ground under repair.