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Unplayable lie

A guide to the unplayable lie

A player may declare his ball to be unplayable at any time - except when it is in a water hazard.

Even if another golfer considers it to be playable, the player is the judge.

Sometimes it might be in a player's interest to do this - when right up tight to the face of a bunker for instance.

Once a player has done this he has three options:

  • Play a ball as close as possible to the spot where the original was played

  • Drop a ball within two club lengths of the spot where the unplayable ball lay but no nearer the hole

  • Drop a ball on a line running from the hole through the spot where the unplayable ball lay as far back as he or she likes



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